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Pet Ownership

Each year thousands of people abandon their pets for reasons ranging from loss of interest to lack of funds. Dog ownership is a commitment for 10 - 15 years (some dogs can live for much longer). Cat ownership is a commitment for about 12 years (although many cats live much longer).

A dog's basic needs include:

  • registration
  • identification (registration tag, microchip)
  • housing (protection from the rain and sun)
  • water available at all times
  • nutrition (a healthy balanced diet)
  • obedience training
  • exercise and play
  • bathing and grooming
  • routine vet visits
  • vaccination
  • worming
  • flea/tick control
  • heartworm control
  • holiday boarding arrangements.

A cat's basic needs include:

  • registration
  • identification (microchip)
  • housing (protection from the rain and sun)
  • water available at all times
  • nutrition (high protein/high fat diet)
  • grooming
  • routine vet visits
  • vaccination
  • worming
  • flea/tick control
  • holiday boarding arrangements
  • housed indoors overnight
  • outdoor cat run enclosure.

When considering becoming a dog or cat owner you should first consider what type of dog or cat will best suit your home environment and lifestyle, for example:

  • Active or passive?
  • Large or small?
  • Short-haired coat or long-haired coat? (Remember long-haired breeds require daily grooming.)
  • Pedigree or crossbreed?
  • Female or male?

Pet ownership checklist

Before you consider becoming a pet owner, you must ensure that you can meet the animal's basic needs. If you can answer 'yes' to all these questions, you are ready to become a responsible pet owner.

  • Have you considered what type of dog or cat will best suit your home environment and lifestyle?
  • Can you afford an annual registration fee?
  • Do you have a prescribed enclosure for the dog?
  • Will you be able to effectively control the dog?
  • Can you afford to take a dog to obedience training courses?
  • Can you provide adequate food and housing for a dog or a cat?
  • Can you afford routine vet visits, vaccination, worming, and flea/tick control?
  • Can you afford to put the dog or cat in a boarding kennel when you go on holidays?
  • Can you exercise and provide enrichment for the dog or cat daily?
  • Can you afford to desex your cat or dog?

If you are considering buying a pet through Council's Animal Management Centre Cat and Dog Sale Program and are interested in a particular breed download the Expression of Interest - Dog and Cat Rehoming Program form and return it to the Animal Management Centre. You will be contacted when your selected breed becomes available.