Pet Safety

How to keep your pet safe, healthy and happy.


To find the latest information and advice to give your cat the best life click below.

Keeping your cat safe at night

We encourage cat owners to keep their cats confined at night.

The majority of accidents involving cats happen at night, including your cat getting into fights, being hit by a car, getting lost or even catching fatal diseases. The hours between dusk and dawn are also when cats are more likely to kill local native wildlife.

You can care for your cats at night by:

  • keeping them inside your home
  • teaching your cat to come in at night
  • only feeding your cat inside
  • buying a cat enclosure from your local pet shop
  • building your own A-frame cat enclosure with chicken wire
  • attaching floppy chicken wire to your fences to make them harder to climb.

Legal requirements for cat owners

If your cat continually wonders onto another person’s property without their permission it can be taken to the Lost Dogs Home. Unidentified cats will also be taken to the Lost Dogs Home. If your cat continues to be a problem, we can issue an order to stop your cat from roaming and issue an infringement.



Dogs in public spaces

Our public spaces are very busy so everyone must be mindful of others to ensure these spaces can be enjoyed by all.

Dog owners need to do the following:

  • observe the on-leash, off-leash and dog-free areas and times
  • pick up after your dog immediately and carry something suitable to pick up dog waste, like a bag, at all times
  • closely supervise and have control of your dog at all times
  • not let your dog bother or interrupt others, roam or wander
  • make sure your dog does not damage public assets spaces, by digging holes or chewing
  • always remember the actions of your dog are your responsibility in the eyes of the law
  • always have your current Yarra Council registration tag on your dog when in public.

Where can I walk my dog off-leash?

Visit our parks and gardens directory to check where you can walk your dog off-leash in the City of Yarra.


Are your microchipping details up to date?

Its important to ensure that you keep your microchipping details up to date as well. For more information on how to do this, please visit the below link.

Learn about microchipping