Our top tips for getting out and about with your pet on the Gold Coast
One of the joys of having a pet is the companionship and fun they can bring. There’s loads of lovely places on the Gold Coast where you can enjoy taking your little mate out with a long walk or to join you for a coffee at your favourite café. But pet ownership also brings with it some responsibilities and expenses. Here’s our guide to some money saving ways you can find and look after your pet.
Finding your pet
While some prospective pet owners have a firm idea about what type and breed of pet they’d like, you don’t have to go to an expensive breeder or pet shop to meet the newest member of your family.
- The Animal Welfare League of Queensland operate five rehoming centres in South East Queensland, including one here on the Gold Coast. They care for up to 15,000 stray and surrendered animals each year, and help save abandoned and neglected companion animals in need.
- There’s also the RSPCA Gold Coast Adoption Centre at Miami, which has an animal rehoming centre as well as a shop selling great pet supplies at very competitive prices. All funds raised stay with the RSPCA to help all creatures great and small. You’ll find them at 2172 Gold Coast Highway, Miami.
- Animal rescue shelters like these have dogs, cats, mice, birds, reptiles and other animals just waiting to be welcomed into new loving homes.
- So not only will you be rescuing your pet, but you can rest assured they’ve been examined by a vet, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed, and the adoption fee is a fraction of expensive pet store or breeder prices.
- Other options for finding your new pet at a price that suits your budget include Gumtree, the TradingPost, and PetDirectory.
Registering your pet
If your pet is a dog, you’ll need to register them with Gold Coast City Council.
- The law requires all and dogs over 12 weeks of age to be registered for life. There’s a $235 fine if you don’t!
- Registration fees range depending on whether your animal is de-sexed. Check here for details.
- Eligible pensioners receive significant discounts, so be sure to check when contacting the council.
- While cats don’t need to be registered, they must be microchipped if they are over 12 weeks of age.
Getting out and about with your pet
- Parks where your dog can happily play off the leash include Collingwood Court Parklands in Arundel, Nick Pavlis Park in Labrador, Chiba Street Park in Coombabah and Mangrove Jack Park in Helensvale.
- Gold Coast City Council’s off-leash dog areas brochure outlines dog parks and areas where your dog is allowed off their lead, including some which have a small dog area and dog agility equipment.
- Smart phone users will love the free GC Dog Parks app. This has a ‘near me’ feature to help you find the best dog parks nearby, and includes on-leash, off-leash, and dog prohibited areas.
- You can also walk your dog on most Gold Coast beaches, but be sure to keep your dog on a leash, clean up after them and remember that dogs aren’t permitted within 200 metres of flagged areas.
- There are three off-leash dog exercise areas on the Gold Coast that cover over three kilometres beach at The Spit, Tallebudgera Beach and Palm Beach.
- Be aware that the law says your animals must wear a collar and tag at all times when outside your property.
Grabbing a coffee or bite to eat with your pet
After you’ve enjoyed a nice long walk together and worked up an appetite, it’s nice to stop somewhere for a cuppa where you know your furry friend is also welcome.
Buying food and accessories for your pet
When your pet is sick
When your pet needs pampering
Many breeds need regular grooming to keep their coat and nails in good health and condition.
So no matter what you need for your pet, there’s plenty of friendly places and businesses on the gorgeous Gold Coast that have it covered!