Pets & animals

Companion animals such as dogs and cats are often part of the family. It’s important to understand your pet’s needs as well as your responsibilities to the broader community. Your pet relies on you to be a great owner, just as the rest of the community depends on you to be a responsible owner.

Waverley Council recognises the importance of responsible pet ownership. We have a number of policies and resources to help educate animal owners about how to be a responsible pet owners.

Click on any of the links below for further information.

Cruelty to animals

To make a complaint or report an instance of cruelty against animals, please contact the:

  • RSPCA, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (02) 9709 5433
  • Animal Welfare League (02) 8777 3300
  • WIRES (Wildlife Information and Rescue Service) 1800 641 188, or
  • local police.

Did you know?

  • An estimated 2.8 million Australian households own a dog.
  • The pet industry contributes approximately $4.62 billion to the economy annually.
  • Based on an average life span of 11 years, the cost of owning a dog is $13,350.
  • Chocolate is harmful to dogs. If they like the taste, buy carob dog chocolate.
  • Onions are toxic to dogs. It doesn’t matter if it’s raw, cooked or dehydrated. Grapes are also a no-no.
  • For a dog, eating a piece of buttered toast is equivalent to us eating a hamburger.
  • Dogs sweat from the bottoms of their feet; they can only discharge heat by panting.

More information

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 9083 8000.