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.

Responsible dog ownership

  • Ensure your dog is registered and wears its tag at all times.
  • Keep your furry friend on a leash in public spaces.
  • Scoop the poop – always clean up after your dog.
  • Provide proper shelter, food, and regular veterinary care.
  • Socialise your dog to promote good behaviour around others.
  • Respect noise regulations to keep the peace in your community.
  • Stay informed about local leash laws and designated dog areas.
  • Microchip your dog for identification in case of separation.
  • Report any incidents promptly and cooperate with authorities.
  • Be a considerate neighbour by minimising barking and disturbances.

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

Customer Service Centre
Phone: 9083 8000

Local vets

Animal Doctors Waverley
300 Bronte Rd, Waverley
Ph: 9389 6336

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital
12 Ebley St, Bondi Junction
Ph: 9389 8411

Bondi Vet
335 Old South Head Road, Bondi
Ph: 9130 2001

Day Care
The Bark Hyat
85 Carrington Road, Waverley
Ph: 9389 8616

Other services

Animal Shelters
201 Rookwood Rd, Yagoona
Ph: 9770 7555

Sydney Dog & Cats Home
77 Edwards St, Carlton (cnr of Princes Highway)
Ph: 9587 9611