Requirements for cat and dog owners
Dogs in Brisbane must be registered. Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped, and desexed animals need to be tattooed.
Council encourages responsible pet ownership and proudly sponsors the RSPCA’s Operation Wanted campaign. Operation Wanted encourages people to desex their dogs and cats to create healthy, happy, household pets.
Register for 20% desexing fees at participating veterinary clinics until 31 August 2018.
Queensland Government legislation requires dogs to:
- be registered by the time they are 12 weeks old
- have their registration transferred within 14 days of moving to Brisbane
Dog registrations are valid for 12 months and must be renewed each year. Once you've registered your pet, you'll receive an external tag and a certificate of identification in the mail.
Cats and dogs must be microchipped when:
- sold (seller responsibility)
- given away (responsibility on the person giving away the animal)
- before reaching the age of 12 weeks
The benefits of microchipping
A microchip is a permanent form of electronic identification. The microchip implant is about the size of a grain of rice and causes no discomfort to your pet. It can be implanted by a local vet.
The barcode contains your contact details which are recorded on an animal records database for the life of your pet. This means your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide and can be safely returned to you even if there is no collar or Council registration tag.
Maintaining microchip information
Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of being reunited with your pet should they become lost.