Animals

Cats

All cats over the age of six months must be:

  • SterilisedCats
  • Registered
  • Micro-chipped
  • And wear a collar with registration tag.

When registering your cat, please consider the following:

  • Updating your contact details (address, telephone number and status) if recently changed, you must inform the Shire within 28 days.
  • If you have relocated to Shark Bay you can exchange your current registration tag for a Shark Bay tag at no additional cost. 
  • Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping is required, sterilisation certificates are provided by your veterinary surgeon for this purpose.  

The registration period is from 1 November to 31 October the following year. 

Concession for pensioners (50%) - Pension card required.

Cat Registration Form

Dogs

All dogs over the age of three months must be:

  • Registered
  • Micro-chippedDogs
  • And wear a collar with registration tag.

The registration period runs from November 1 to October 31 the following year. 

When registering your dog, please consider the following:

  • Updating your contact details (address, telephone number and dog status) if recently changed, you must inform the Shire within 28 days.
  • If you have relocated to Shark Bay you can exchange your current registration tag for a Shark Bay tag at no additional cost. 
  • Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping is required, sterilisation certificates are provided by your veterinary surgeon for this purpose.  The sighting of a tattoo ear insignia denoting a sterilised dog is also accepted.

Failure to register your dog can lead to an 'on the spot' fine of $100. Dogs can be registered at the Shire Office, 65 Knight Terrace Denham. 

Concession for pensioners (50%) - Pension card required.

Dog Registration Form

Responsible Dog Owners

See Fees and Charges for Dog and Cat Registration Fees

Please refer to the Local Laws for designated dog exercise areas

1080 Baits - Department of Parks and Wildlife

There are many places in Shark Bay where pets are not permitted or are only allowed under certain conditions. These are summarized below. Guide dogs with visually impaired people are exceptions and are permitted in areas managed by Parks and Wildlife. Be aware that poison baits are scattered throughout areas where pets are not permitted.

Restricting dogs and cats in national parks and reserves is for the protection of native wildlife and consideration of other park users. A 1080 poison baiting program is underway to control feral cats and foxes because of their devastating impacts on native species. The 1080 poison used does not harm native wildlife but is lethal to dogs and cats. Warning signs are placed prominently around baited areas and there is a 5km buffer zone around Denham.

Pets are permitted in Denham but restricted elsewhere:

  • Dogs are not permitted in Francois Peron National Park, Dirk Hartog Island, Edel Land including Steep Point, and Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve (stromatolite carpark and boardwalk).
  • Dogs are permitted at Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station.
  • Dogs are allowed in the Monkey Mia Resort area but only on a lead. They are not permitted in the dolphin experience area.
  • Dogs are permitted on a lead in the carpark at Shell Beach. They are not allowed on the beach.
  • Dogs are permitted on lead at the Wooramel Coast sites.
  • Dogs are permitted at the recreation sites on South Peron but baiting for foxes occurs outside designated recreation sites so keep to the main tourist sites.