Taking Pets to Australia

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Dog and Cat Resources

Most of the following is written for Perth, but will relate fairly well to other cities. Some of the links are Perth-specific, some are Australia-wide.

Dog Licensing

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered via your local council.

Most councils have a limit on the number of dogs that can be kept at home.

Dog Exercise Areas

Most public parks allow dogs - there are usually signs to indicate if dogs are NOT allowed or must be kept on a leash.

Most areas of the Swan and Canning River foreshores permit dogs, although there are some restrictions.

Only certain beaches are available for dog exercise - check your local council website for a list of these beaches.

In general, dog owners are very good about cleaning up after their dog - most parks have a supply of "pooch-pouches" and bins. You do not see much dog mess at all on public footpaths.

Dog Links

Local council guide to responsible dog ownership
dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Community/DogOwnership/

"Walking the Dog", an occasional series which brings you classic walks of the Perth/Fremantle area
www.gooddog.info

Australia's Pure Breed Dog Community
www.dolforums.com.au

Cat Links

www.catsofaustralia.com