The Dog and Cat Management Board works with State and local government to oversee the administration and enforcement of the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995 (the Act) and the Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2017.
Each council has the responsibility to administer and enforce the provisions of the Act relating to dogs and cats within its area.
The objects of the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995 are:
Under the Act, Local Councils can introduce by-laws for the management of cats. Individual councils publish information relating to their by-laws on their website.
Councils may appoint cat management officers who have the authority to seize, detain or destroy unidentified cats in their council area.
It is a good idea for your cat to always wear a collar and tag with your current contact details listed. A cat this is “unidentified” can legally be trapped and handed in to a council or shelter.
Having a microchip implanted which is linked to your current details is also a good idea, and will be mandatory from 1 July 2018.