Animals and Pets

alert catPets are a much treasured part of the family in many Darwin homes, however  owning a pet is also a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Council’s role is clearly defined in the Animal Management Plan which is designed to help animal owners understand their responsibilities to ensure their pets are well cared for.

Native animals are often found sick and injured and these should be handed over to experienced carers such as Wildlife Rescue as quickly as possible.

Feral and stray cats and cane toads are pests that have found their way into Darwin. Cat traps can be hired from Council. Frogwatch has mounted a high profile education campaign to restrict the impact of the Cane Toad and provide helpful advice on how to 'toad-proof' your yard by special fencing and trapping techniques.

Below you will find detailed information about keeping cats and dogs in Darwin, feral animals and links to organisations who assist with injured native wildlife. 


The Top End Lost and Found website is a free community website for all residents in the Northern Territory helping people reunite with lost animals.

 If you are looking for a new pet, local organisations such as the RSPCA and PawsDarwin rehome cats, dogs and other animals.