are many benefits to owning animals, including companionship
and friendship. Waikato District Council encourages responsible animal
ownership – find out what your obligations and responsibilities are as
a dog or stock owner.
Find out what to do if there is a threat to animals or public safety and how to report a dog barking and roaming stock.
To help keep dogs safe and enable us to reunite lost dogs with owners, all dogs are required by law to be microchipped and registered. Here you can apply to register and microchip your dog, as well as let us know when you details have changed.
We recommend that dogs be desexed if they are not intended for breeding. Dogs that are de-sexed are more sociable (and less aggressive), don’t wander/roam, are healthier and live longer.Learn more about desexing and if you are eligible for subsidised desexing.
Find out how to adopt a dog available for rehoming from one of the Waikato district's pounds.
There are many off-leash dog exercise areas in the Waikato district, find out where your local dog park is here.
As good dog owners, it is your responsibility to provide the love, care and attention necessary to make sure our pets are happy, safe and healthy.
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