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The Act and Regulations

The Dog and Cat Management Board oversees the administration and enforcement Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995 (the Act) and the Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2010.

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:

  • To encourage responsible dog and cat ownership;
  • To reduce public and environmental nuisance caused by dogs and cats;
  • To promote the effective management of dogs and cats (including through encouragement of the desexing of dogs and cats).

The role of Local Councils 

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.

Cat identification

The Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2010 define an identified cat as a cat that has a collar around its neck that is marked with the current address or telephone number of the owner, or the cat has a microchip implanted which is linked information identifying the owner or other person entitled to possession of the cat.

Unidentified cats can be seized and delivered to authorised officers described in the Act.

Although there is currently no legislated requirement for the identification of cats, councils can introduce by-laws to manage cats that may include requirement to identify cats with a microchip and/or collar and tag.


The Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995

Dog and Cat Management Regulations, 2010