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Overview - Great Pets Start with YOU

While pets provide us with a companionship, lower stress levels, provide a sense of security and belonging. As a pet owner it is YOU, to take full responsibility for animals including catering for their training, socialisation, veterinary care and microchipping and registration.

We encourage Darwin pet owners to adhere to four principles of pet ownership.

  • Register and microchip your pets.
  • Desex your pets.
  • Provide training, socialisation, and care for your pets.
  • Do not allow your pet to become a threat or nuisance in the community.

Register and microchip your pet

Registration and microchipping allow our Animal Management Services to reunite lost pets with their owners with a single phone call.

There is a reduced fee for registering a desexed dog or cat, and registration is free for a dog under 12 months.

Microchipping your pet is a condition of registration which helps Council staff and veterinary clinics return pets that are lost, at large or injured. Go to registration for more information.

Did you know we provide cheaper microchipping fee at the City of Darwin Pound of $35.00 during the business hours?

Desex your pet

Responsible pet owners ensure their pets are desexed. Not only does desexing surgery prevent dog and cat overpopulation, it also makes for happier pets. Desexed pets enjoy better health and owners notice their pets have improved actions and a reduction in nuisance behaviours such as barking, wandering and fence rushing.

Provide training, socialisation, and care for your pets

Basic obedience training is the first step to a well-socialised pet. A responsible pet owner ensures that their dog does not bite, bark, threaten or chase other animals, vehicles or people.

All cats and dogs require daily care, fresh water, feeding and exercise. Regular grooming, yearly check-ups and a vaccination schedules are important responsibilities that maintain the health of your pets.

Don’t allow your pet to become a threat or a nuisance

A cat or dog that is out without their owner or out of their owner’s control is considered at large. Cats are not permitted to leave the property at any time. Most council parks, reserves and beaches are off-lead dog exercise areas as long as the dogs are supervised and under effective control.

More Information

For further enquiries and more advice on responsible pet ownership, contact the City of Darwin Pet Care Help Line

08 8930 0606

Last modified 
30 Apr 2019

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