Responsible pet ownership

Owning a pet is a big responsibility, not only at home but in the wider community too.

Responsible pet ownership includes proper housing, feeding, control, care and breeding.

How can I be a responsible pet owner?

  • Make sure your pet is identifiable with a collar, tag and microchip.
  • Keep up to date with vaccinations.
  • Register your pet with Clarence Valley Council in the first 6 months of ownership.

Tips for cat owners

  • Keep your cat indoors at night. If allowed to roam, they can cause considerable damage to the native environment.
  • Invest in a bell or movement-activated audible and visual alarm on your cat’s collar to warn wildlife.
  • Desex your cat as early as possible to prevent unwanted litters.

Tips for dog owners

  • Keep your dog under effective control at all times. This means your dog must be kept on a leash outside your property.
  • See dog-friendly areas for places you can take your dog off-leash.
  • Take all reasonable precautions to confine your dog on your property.
  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of any waste correctly. Failure to do so could cost you.

Barking dogs

Barking dogs are one of the most common complaints to Council, but can be difficult to investigate. 

If you're troubled by a barking dog: 

1.     Advise the dog’s owners of the problem. Give them a reasonable amount of time to address it.

2.     Lodge a complaint with the council. Rangers will then visit the owners to discuss the complaint and measures to stop their dogs from barking.

3.     Lodge a formal complaint by calling 02 6643 0200. At this stage, you’ll need to submit a completed Barking Dog Diary for at least 14 days.

4.     Contact a Community Justice Centre (CJC) or take private civil action.