Responsible pet ownership

It is possible for domestic pets and wildlife to co-exist. Gladstone and District Wildlife Carers have some guidelines you can follow to help.

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It is possible for our domesticated pets to live harmoniously with native animals in our area. All we need to do is set a few boundaries. Many carers in our group have domesticated pets and we apply the following guidelines to protect both our beloved pets and native animals.

1.    Appropriate fencing and boundaries – this is highly important to the safety of your animals. You need to be aware of your pets whereabouts at all times. This includes cats. Having an inside cat and giving it access to an enclosed cat run or play gym area is not only beneficial for our native animals but also the safety of your cat. It has been proven an indoor cat lives longer than a cat allowed to roam the streets. While hunting is a natural part of dogs and cats genetic makeup, it has been reported on average a cat allowed to roam the streets can in fact prey upon 16 mammals, 8 birds and 8 reptiles each year! Unfortunately as our residential areas expand the closer native animals come to our backyards.

2.    Desexing – Remember to desex your dog and cat to stop any unwanted litters. Many unwanted litters are dumped each year in bush land, adding to the many ferals causing destruction to our beautiful ecosystems. Feral animals feed on our native wildlife.

3.    Microchips – This is a great way for the council and vets to identify your pets if they become lost.

4.    Please provide your beloved pet with shelter, fresh water and food daily.

These guidelines and more can be found on Gladstone Regional Council website and RSPCA responsible pet ownership website.

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