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The City of Bunbury works with our community to educate pet owners and facilitate Responsible Pet Ownership. Managing the needs of both pet owners and non-pet owners can be challenging on this page you will find information to assist with looking after your pet responsibly and provide guidance for those community members being impacted by someone else’s pet.

Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Act 2021

With pending State Government reforms to animal registrations and the laws that govern how we own and look after our pets, the City is working hard to adapt and ensure we are ready to transition when the final legislation is introduced.

The City is participating in workshops with the Department of Local Government to introduce the new Centralised Animal Registration system that the State Governmetn is looking to implement by December 2023.
For more information on the Stop Puppy Farming bill that passed through parliament in 2021 and how the new laws may affect you visit Stop Puppy Farming | DLGSC

Pet registration

It is a requirement of State Government law that all pet cats and dogs must be registered with your local government. There can be harsh strong penalties for people who choose not to comply with these requirements but there is a very good reason to register your much-loved pet.

If we find your pet out wandering and it is registered, we can bring it straight home. The City of Bunbury has a great Regional Animal Facility (RAF) that we use to impound animals, but it doesn’t not compare to the loving and familiar environment of home. When a pet is fully compliant, we will always try to get it home first before we consider impounding.

Dog Registration

The Dog Act 1976 requires that all dogs over the age of three months must be microchipped and registered. A registered owner must be over the age of 18 and microchipping must occur prior to registration.

The registration period is 1 November until 31 October each year with options for one year, three years and lifetime with discounts available for concession holders and sterilised pets (proof of these and microchip must be presented to be eligible).

Cat Registration

All Domestic Cats over the age of six months must be sterilised, microchipped and registered as per the requirements of the Cat Act 2011.
The registration period is 1 November until 31 October the following year with options for one year, three years and lifetime registration with discounts available for concession holders (proof of this and microchip must be presented to be eligible).

Once new State Government laws are introduced it is expected that cats will have to be confined to their own property. This may significantly impact many cat owners in our area and the City of Bunbury recommends introducing cat enclosures at your home before these new laws take effect.

Updating Pet Registration

If your personal or pet details have changed, you can update them here using the form below.

You will need to provide relevant documents to receive concession, a concession card or sterilisation certificate along with proof of microchipping. All pet owners are required to notify the City of Bunbury of any changes relating to your pet’s registration.