Care and welfare
Attitudes to the treatment of animals by humans have changed dramatically over time. In the 1600s, it was thought that animals couldn't feel pain or pleasure! Thankfully, our improved knowledge about animals has since shown us that there are many similarities between humans and other animals.
We aim to provide individuals and industry with the skills and knowledge needed to best provide for the animals in their care.
It is our responsibility to care for animals whenever our activities impact on them. You can read about how animals think, whether they can be happy and some of the amazing things they can do. Problems such as animal cruelty, unwanted pets and emergency situations are also discussed.
Take the pet welfare test!
Complete our online report card to see how well you care for your pet. Compare your score with other Victorian dog, cat, rabbit and bird owners.
Please note, the only way to accurately measure pet welfare is through behavioural means. This pet welfare scorecard is designed primarily to educate owners on best practice pet management techniques
Victorian Pet Keeping Practices Report
New research scores Victorian dog, cat, rabbit and bird owners on how well they care for their pets. See how you compare!
Found a lost, stray or injured animal?
Find out who to contact for help with cats, dogs, wildlife and livestock.
Coping with the death of a pet
When a loved pet dies, it can leave you heartbroken. Learn how to cope with the very real and significant grief you may be feeling.