Cats & Dogs

Keeping pets and wildlife safe

Protect your pet

Cats and dogs roaming freely in the bush or grassland areas are at great risk of getting bitten by a snake, attacked by a kangaroo, catching a disease or becoming trapped. Even the best trained pet can become distracted by an inviting smell or an interesting log, before you have time to stop them. Pets that are kept indoors, contained in runs or walked on leashes, generally live longer and healthier lives.

Protect our wildlife

Cats and dogs can be dangerous predators in bush and grassland areas at all times of the day or night.

They are particularly threatening to reptiles, birds and frogs. Even when they hunt unsuccessfully, the chase and the pet scent can frighten and disturb wildlife.

Pets are also perfect carriers for diseases and weed seeds, which become caught in their fur.

What can I do?

  • Walk dogs on-leash, except in designated dog parks or off-leash areas. Remember to take a bag and dispose of poo thoughtfully.
  • Use dog parks and off-leash areas. These are a great way for both you and your dog to make new friends.
  • Keep your cat indoors and in your backyard by building a cat run or installing floppy fence tops. Visit the RSPCA website for do-it-yourself and retail options:
  • Entertain your cat or dog with fun toys and games. For a greater challenge, take up a sport like Fly Ball or Dog Dancing.
  • Report wandering cats and dogs to the RSPCA. This is for the protection of both the animal and local wildlife. If the animal is a pet, its microchip can be scanned and the owner will be contacted to take it home. If it is a stray, it will have the opportunity to find a new home.