Pets & domestic animals
Pets and domestic animals can be much-loved members of your household but can also be the cause of unhappy neighbourhoods.
As an animal owner you are responsible for caring for your pet or pets and ensuring you comply with relevant Local Laws.
This section provides information on responsible pet ownership and what you can do if you have a complaint.
Full details of State and Council rules governing pet ownership are available in:
You can also keep informed of our pet-related events, lost pets at our pound and get tips on being a responsible pet owner by following our Cairns Pets Facebook page.
In Cairns, you can have two cats without requiring a permit. Responsible cat owners take steps to keep their cats at home for their own safety and to prevent fights with other animals and wildlife. More
Being a responsible dog owner means registering your dog (from 12 weeks old), caring for your animal including regular exercise and preventing your dog from being involved in attacks and other anti-social behaviour. More
Birds, poultry and other animals
Information on what kind and how many birds you can keep on your property, along with poultry, horses, sheep, goats and other domestic animals. More
Council receives thousands of animal-related complaints each year. Many can be avoided through responsible pet ownership. More
We make every effort to reunite owners and their lost pets. You can make this much easier by registering your cat or dog and ensure they have their registration tag on their collar. More
Unfortunately there is a significant number of unwanted cats and dogs in the region due to unwanted litters. In Cairns you may have one litter per pet every three year without a permit. Additional litters require you to have a breeder's permit. More
Adopting a pet
Looking for a new furry friend? Get in touch with one of the rehoming groups in the region to adopt a rescue cat or dog. More
Some great colouring pages and kids activities all about being a great pet owner. More
Last updated: 16 June 2020