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Domestic Animals Policy
Ph: 136 186
Animal Welfare Policy
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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 rehome dogs and cats.
Animals that are 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 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
- Lost Dogs' Home
- Cat Protection Society
- Victorian Animal Aid
- Lort Smith Animal Hospital
Applicable organisations (cat and dog associations)
The Minister for Agriculture may approve 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
- Dogs Victoria
- Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria
Members of applicable organisations are eligible to receive a reduced council registration fee for their pet's annual registration.