Responsible pet owners keep their dogs and cats safe and happy, while protecting our native wildlife.
Pet owners should keep cats and dogs contained to reduce injury and death to the critically endangered western ringtail possum. This also protects other wildlife that live and visit our urban neighbourhoods.
Being a responsible pet owner means looking after your beloved pet and reducing their impact on the world around them.
Local evidence shows that the greatest known causes of death to possums and wildlife in the Geographe Bay Catchment are cats, dogs, motor vehicles, and habitat loss.
Possums are most active at night and this is when they are at greatest risk of injury and death caused by hunting and curious pets.
Pets Away, Possums Play urges pet owners to keep wildlife safe while ensuring pets live long, happy and healthy lives. The campaign aligns with National and State-wide responsible pet ownership objectives aimed at reducing potential environmental impacts of domestic pets.
Our Responsible Pet Ownership program, which includes the Pets Away, Possums Play and My Pet, My Community campaigns, is endorsed by the following organisations: City of Busselton, Busselton Vet Hospital, Heritage Vets, GeoVet, Vasse Vets and SAFE.
The program is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.