Keeping Kingston’s community and our pets co-existing purrfectly

Keeping Kingston’s community and our pets co-existing purrfectly

Council is preparing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan to ensure the community and our furry friends can peacefully and safely co-exist, and we want your input.

Across Kingston we have around 22,000 registered dogs and cats and Council has an important role to play in keeping both our pets and the community safe.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said our pets bring us so much joy, but we need to remember not everyone is a pet owner, so we need to have a plan that ensures we can all live harmoniously together.

“Our parks, reserves and beaches are there for everyone to enjoy, including those community members with pets and those without, and our restrictions and rules around animal management ensures that can happen,” said Cr Staikos.

“We want to hear what the community thinks about Kingston’s current management of domestic dogs and cats, if there are issues we need to address or rules that may be out of date or no longer needed.”

“We’re asking pet owners and non-pet owners to fill out our survey and give us their views on a range of questions like ‘should it be compulsory to de-sex your pet’ and ‘what age animals should be required to be de-sexed’. These are often contentious issues within the community, so we want to make sure everyone has a chance to have their say.”

Your feedback will help us develop Kingston’s Domestic Animal Plan 2021-2025 which aims to encourage responsible pet ownership, increase public safety, provide for the welfare of cats and dogs and reduce the number of unwanted animals bred and euthanized.

You can access our survey at Consultation on Kingston’s Domestic Animal Plan 2021-2025 closes on Friday 30 April 2021.

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