Responsible Pet Ownership

Below are some responsible pet ownership tips for cats and dogs, click on the following highlighted links:


Cat - brochure 

  • Keep cats secured in catteries
  • Contain cats, particularly at night, in order to restrict roaming outside its place of residence which can lead to potential nuisance complaints being lodged to Council
  • House training - placement of kitty litter, and provision of readily available food sources, including water
  • Cats should wear a collar with name, address where it resides and the owner's contact number
  • Cats should have a bell attached to their collar to assist in reducing predation of birdlife
  • If your cat goes missing, report it to Liverpool City Council Customer Service Centre 1300 36 2170 and Council Pound Facility 9606 6118.
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dog brochure 

  • Implement early behavioural training of your dog to influence traits such as: 
    • Noise reduction (reduce potential of unwarranted barking)
    • Reinforcing your dog's territorial boundaries
    • Increasing your dog's socialisation skills to reduce potential acts of aggression.
  • Exercise daily: Your dog should be exercised for at least half an hour per day. In most cases this can best be achieved by taking your dog for a walk on a lead.
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General information

  • Permanent identification (microchipping) of cats and dogs occurs from 12 weeks of age
  • Lifetime registration of your dog (from 6 months of age)
  • Dogs and cats must wear identification tags attached to collars showing name, owner details, address and contact telephone numbers
  • Restrain your pets from roaming free outside of the safety of your property
  • Ensure adequate secure perimeter fencing surrounds your property to keep your pet in
  • Clean up after your pet has toilet breaks within your property and in public places
  • Reduce excessive noise from your pet - i.e. barking.

Animal Welfare 

Do I have animal welfare-related responsibilities, as the owner of a cat or dog, covered under other legislation?

As a cat or dog owner, you have a responsibility to look after your cat or dog's basic welfare needs, including:

  • Provide your cat or dog with an appropriate balanced diet and clean, cool water at all times
  • Ensure that your cat or dog has adequate shelter suitable for all weather conditions
  • Ensure that your cat or dog is well socialised, trained and exercised
  • Ensure your cat or dog's good health with regular veterinary check ups, worming, tick and flea treatments
  • If you are not going to breed from your cat or dog, you are strongly encouraged to have it desexed (permanently sterilised) to prevent unwanted litters.
  • Make sure that your cat or dog is looked after when you go away. If you are leaving your cat or dog in a cattery or kennel, make sure that the cattery or kennel complies with the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and Cats in Animal Boarding Establishments.

If you neglect your cat or dog's basic welfare needs, you may be liable for fines and/or imprisonment under animal welfare and cruelty related legislation, including the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 2006 and relevant animal welfare codes of practice. These are administered by the Department of Primary Industries and enforced by NSW Police, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) New South Wales inspectors and Animal Welfare League NSW inspectors.

To report any animal welfare issues please contact the RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or the Animal Welfare League on 8899 3333.


Under the NSW Companion Animals Act, 1998 fines can be issued for the following. Each fine is set by the State Debit Recovery Office.

  • Unleashed dog in a public place
  • Dog not wearing a collar and ID tag in public
  • Animal not permanently identified/microchipped
  • Selling an animal not permanently identified
  • Animal not registered
  • Failure to remove faeces
  • Not notifying change in registration ID
  • Dog in prohibited place*
  • own dog that attacks
  • Cat not wearing an ID tag
  • Cat in prohibited place*

*Prohibited places include, school/preschool/kindergarten grounds, Shopping centres, public-bathing areas including beaches, food preparation areas, sporting fields, playgrounds and wildlife protection areas.

There are also heavy fines for dogs that are declared dangerous or restricted.

Please Note: Dogs are prohibited on all surfing beaches in Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils.