It's estimated there are more pet birds in Victoria than there are cats and dogs combined! Other popular pets include rabbits, fish, horses, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, mice, amphibians and reptiles.
We oversee legislation to protect all types of pets from neglect and cruelty. We also provide owners with a wealth of information about caring for many different types of pets.
It is important to choose a pet that suits your lifestyle. If your lifestyle is not suited to dog or cat ownership, you may still be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a different type of pet. However, don't presume that pets such as birds or rabbits are cheap or low maintenance to own. Read through the information in this section to learn more about different types of animals, and their care and welfare needs.
Your rabbit's welfare needs
Do you know the five key things rabbits need to lead a healthy and happy life? Many Victorian rabbit owners don’t. Read about the latest research here.
Your bird's welfare needs
Do you know the five key things birds need to lead a healthy and happy life? Many Victorian bird owners don’t. Read about the latest research here.
Buying a pet from an animal welfare shelter
Read about the advantages in purchasing a pet from a registered shelter or pound.