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Domestic Animals Branch
Ph: 136 186
Animal Welfare Policy
Ph: 136 186
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There are many organisations and associations in Victoria that have different roles to play, and can help with further information or specific questions relating to pets. Always purchase a pet from a reputable breeder or a registered domestic animal business, such as a pet shop or animal welfare shelter. These organisations can provide quality information and advice about pets.
Refer to the Yellow Pages for contact details for the following organisations or visit the Yellow Pages website.
Vets look after the health and physical wellbeing of cats and dogs which includes treating sick animals, vaccinations, desexing operations, provision of worming and flea medication and conducting regular health check-ups. Vets also provide advice on your pet's diet and exercise requirements. Many local vets also run socialisation activities for puppies between the formative 8–16 week period.
Organisations such as the Lost Dogs' Home, Cat Protection Society and the RSPCA take in dogs or cats that are lost or have been abandoned and attempt to re-unite them with their owners or re-house them. Animals for sale from animal welfare organisations have passed rigorous health and behavioural tests and will most likely be wormed, desexed and microchipped. Most welfare organisations also have information on caring for your pet.
Key animal welfare organisations include:
- Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA)
- Lost Dogs' Home and Cat Shelter
- Cat Protection Society
- Victorian Animal Aid
- Lort Smith Animal Hospital
Applicable organisations (cat and dog associations)
The Minister for Agriculture may declare certain organisations to be 'applicable organisations'. Such organisations produce an annual report and have a code of ethics that requires responsible pet ownership in compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and its related codes of practice.
It is expected that the organisation will take disciplinary action against members who do not comply with the organisation's code. This recognition also means that they are an organisation with high standards of responsible pet ownership to whom the community can look to when buying a pet or when seeking advice on care of a pet.
The Victorian Applicable Organisations are:
- Australian National Cats Inc
- Cats Victoria Inc.
Affiliated with The Australian Cat Federation Inc
- DOGS Victoria
- Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc
- Greyhound Racing Victoria
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria
Members of applicable organisations may receive a reduced council registration fee for their pet's annual registration.