Your pet’s behaviour is your responsibility

You need to train your pet and supervise them at home, in public places and in the neighbourhood to make sure they don’t become a public safety risk or a nuisance to your neighbours or to the community. This is a requirement of the NSW Companion Animals Act.

Responsible pet ownership - dogs

  • Barking - All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance - greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions. Barking dogs is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with. Find out about how to manage barking or make a complaint.
  • Fences and confinement - A straying dog causes distress to neighbours and the community. Dogs that are not kept safely behind a fence can risk being injured or cause injury to others. As a responsible pet owner, it is important that your fence or dog enclosures is:
    • High enough so your dog can't jump over it
    • Low enough so your dog can't dig under it
    • Strong enough so your dog can't push it over, and
    • Hole proof so your dog can't escape through it.
  • Pet litter - Leaving pet litter in a public place is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it's against the law. When taking your dog for a walk, be responsible to take your own dog litter bag with you.
  • Leashes and Exercise - Dogs must be leashed at all times in public places to help control them more easily and to increase the safety of other animals and people. Remember that many people are frightened or annoyed by dogs that are not leashed; you should always be considerate of other people. Council provides a number of off leash areas for dogs around the city. Visit our Off-Leash areas page for more information.

Responsible pet ownership - cats

  • Microchipping – provides piece of mind for you if your cat becomes lost and helps to reunite you with your pet.
  • Registration – fast tracks the safe return of lost cats and helps AlburyCity plan for future community needs.
  • De-sexing – helps cats to live a healthy and long life, reduce injury, exposure to disease, aggressive behaviour in males, roaming, spraying and noise nuisance.
  • Vaccinations - When you purchase a cat ensure you obtain a vaccination certificate to ensure its vaccinations are up to date. Cats should also have a check up with a vet once a year to ensure they are healthy and worming and vaccinations are current.
  • Containment – cats confined to their property as less likely to be hurt in fights and pick up diseases from other cats.  They are also less likely to be hit by cars and annoy neighbours.
  • Environmental enrichment – ensures a cat is kept happy and provides an interesting environment which fulfils its physical, mental and social needs.