Puppy farm legislation
The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Act 2017 is now in operation. Read more about the amendments on the puppy farm legislation.
Victoria has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Owning pets can be a lot of fun, and pets can provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love.
Pet ownership also teaches children responsibility and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.
Cats and dogs can live for over 10 years, so it's important that we understand the responsibilities we have for our pets over their entire life span.
Responsible pet ownership involves choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, complying with the law, caring for your pet's health and ensuring your pet doesn't cause problems in the community. Being a responsible owner ensures you and your pet can enjoy a long and happy relationship.
Alert to vaccinate pet rabbits
A new strain of rabbit calicivirus is currently being released in Victoria, to assist in the management of pest rabbits. Pet rabbit owners should make sure animals' vaccinations are up-to-date to protect against the virus.
Help us make Victoria better for pets
Read about the latest research and information on caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, ferrets and frogs.