Before purchasing a pet, there are many important decisions to make and factors to consider. Are you committed to caring for your pet? The average lifespan of a small dog is 11 years and for a cat it is 12 years. That's a big commitment to make and one that needs to be considered before you introduce a new pet to your home.
Other important factors include:
See Council's New Cat or Dog Checklist for more information and to get an idea of the typical financial commitment involved with a new pet.
Whether you are choosing a cat, dog, fish or bird, it's important to purchase a breed that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you're not very active and you want to purchase a dog, you should choose a breed that does not require a large amount of exercise. If you are choosing a bird and you live on a small block close to neighbours, you might not wish to buy a large loud bird like a cockatoo.
Avoid choosing a breed that is fashionable as this can lead to unhappy outcomes for both you and the pet. Remember, cute puppies can turn into 50kg dogs that require a lot of space, food and attention.
Call the Petcare Information and Advisory Service on 1800 331 783 for assistance with choosing the dog or cat that's right for you. The Petcare Information & Advisory Service will send you a survey that matches you with the dog or cat that meets your needs. For other pets, consult your local veterinarian, pet shop or the RSPCA to discuss a breed suitable for you. Once you've chosen a breed, you need to consider where you will purchase your pet.
You can purchase your pet from many places such as registered breeders: the Animal Welfare League, the RSPCA, animal shelters, pet shops or private residences. The type of pet you want and its role in your life will determine where you purchase. No matter where you purchase your pet, you should ask for certification by a veterinarian that the pet has had all the relevant vaccinations and worm treatments and has had a health check prior to purchase. This will give you the best start possible with your new pet. Under the Queensland Government's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, all cats and dogs must be microchipped prior to release for sale or giveaway.
Animal Welfare League
ph: (07) 3202 4688 (general)
ph: (07) 3812 7533 (clinic)
ph: (07) 3426 9999 (general)
ph: 1300 852 188
If you're thinking of purchasing a dog, you should consider the breeds which are restricted in Queensland following legislation passed by State Parliament in 2001. The following dogs are currently listed as restricted breeds in Queensland:
Note: This also includes crossbreeds or offspring of these breeds.
Regulated dog breeds are also managed by the State Government.
No new registrations for restricted dogs are accepted by Council. Existing restricted dogs registered by Council are subject to an annual renewal process. A registration fee in addition to the permit fee is required to renew the registration for a restricted breed. A restricted dog permit is specific to the individual dog, and is not able to be transferred to another dog. The permit for the restricted dog ceases upon death of the restricted dog.
Should you wish to make a request to report a suspected restricted dog in Ipswich, contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with details including suspected breed, address and location of the dog.
Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of the animal and the greater community is kept paramount at all times. This responsibility extends across basic animal rights such as access to food and water, shelter, health, welfare and ethical treatment, to compliance with Council's Local Laws and Permits which are designed to manage animal ownership in Ipswich.
To be a responsible pet owner, other important factors you need to consider include: