Owning a dog can be very fulfilling. Dogs are great company, affectionate and give us unconditional love. Many studies have shown that owning a pet improves your health by encouraging us to exercise.
Dog ownership also teaches children responsibility and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.
We oversee legislation to protect dogs from neglect and cruelty, and to protect the community from nuisance and danger caused by irresponsibly owned dogs.
Responsible dog ownership includes caring for your pet's welfare needs, along with registration, microchipping and adequate confinement of dogs to your property.
Your dog’s welfare needs
Do you know the five key things dogs need to lead a healthy and happy life? Many Victorian dog owners don’t. Read about the latest research here.
Body condition score chart
The Body condition score chart can tell you if your dog is over or underweight.
New: Changes to Registration Discounts
New laws regarding discounts for dog and cat registration with local councils came into effect on April 11 2013
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.