Responsible Pet Ownership

Cat being scanned for a microchip

How many animals can you keep?

You can keep up to two dogs and two cats. Animals kept on farm land are exempt. See pages 27-28 of the Community Local Law 2017 for details.

Submit an Excess Animals Application to apply for a permit.

Microchipping

microchip is different to animal registration. It provides a permanent form of identification regardless of which municipality you live in. It helps to quickly reunite you with lost or injured pets if they are found outside of Ballarat.

All cats and dogs being registered with us for the first time must also be microchipped. Your vet can help with a microchip if your pet does not have one.

Restricted dog breeds

We accept new registrations for restricted breed dogs under the Domestic Animals Act. Visit Agriculture Victoria for more details.

Dogs on and off leads

Your dog is required to be kept on a lead at all times, unless clearly signed as an off-lead area.

Dogs can be exercised off a lead in many reserves and parks, but they must remain under control and be continually supervised.

M R Power and Charles Edward Brown Reserve are fully fenced.

Please clean up after your dog. Not cleaning up is a littering offense.

Cats

Cats fit into domestic life and routines easily and comfortably. They are however, predators by nature and will go looking for mates, defend territory and hunt wildlife, particularly during the dusk-to-dawn period.

What are the dangers of allowing your cat to roam at night?

At night your cat is most likely to:

  • attack wildlife
  • get hit by passing traffic
  • be injured or injure another cat in a fight
  • howl and annoy neighbours (especially during mating season)


Is there a Cat Curfew in Ballarat?

Yes, cat owners are required to keep their cats confined to their premises at night between sunset and sunrise. The curfew assists in minimising harm to the environment and wildlife, and reduces annoyance to neighbours.

If cats are not confined they are at risk of being trapped and handed in to the pound. Owners will be asked to pay costs associated in reclaiming their cat and a fine may be issued for not complying with the curfew.

How do I build cat proof fencing and cat enclosures?

A number of excellent cat enclosure products are available commercially. For cost effective DIY tips visit Agriculture Victoria's Cat Confinement Enclosures and Fencing.

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