Responsible pet ownership

Owning a pet is a rewarding experience! However, your pet depends on you for its care and control. Below are some helpful hints for owning a pet in the Whitsunday region.

Dogs

  • Register your dog from 3 months of age and ensure it wears its registration tag at all times
  • Desex and microchip your dog 
  • Teach your children to be responsible with their dog and supervise them when they are playing
  • Walk and exercise your dog regularly and ensure you are not walking your dog in a prohibited area
  • Find out where the dog off-leash locations are in your part of the region
  • Adhere to dog etiquette when using dog off-leash and on-leash locations 
  • Advise Council of change of ownership details and address 
  • Always clean up after your dog if it defecates in a public place
To find out more about how to care for your dog and Council's Dog Management Laws, please click here.

Cats

  • Register your cat from 3 months of age and ensure it wears its registration tag at all times
  • Desex and microchip your cat
  • Keep your cat safely enclosed on your property
  • Put an identification tag on your cat's collar and attach bells to warn wildlife
  • Play with your cat each day and provide it with toys and a scratching post
To find out more about how to care for your cat and Council's Cat Management Laws, please click here.

Guide Dogs within the Whitsunday Region

The Whitsunday Region is home to multiple Guide Dogs and their local handlers. By keeping pets under control and on a lead in public places, Whitsunday residents can help our local Guide Dogs feel comfortable walking down the street, visiting shops and enjoying our wonderful beaches and parks.

It is important that all pets, event those on leads, must not approach or interact with a working Guide Dog and their handler as any interruptions to the Guide Dog's concentration can pose a danger to their safety. 

To help our local Guide Dogs and handlers travel safely around the region, please adhere to the below:
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