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Responsible pet ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible pet ownership includes caring for your pet's welfare needs, along with registration, microchipping and adequate confinement of pet to your property.

Tips for looking after your pet

Deciding to become a pet owner requires considered thought and planning. You must be ready to take on all the responsibilities that come with owning a pet before you choose a breed of animal. It is important to make a choice that suits your lifestyle and priorities.

There is information on the Agriculture Victoria website which will help you to make the right choice about the best pet for you. Being a responsible pet owner ensures you and your pet can enjoy a long and happy relationship.

Keep your cat safe and happy at home

The RSPCA is Australia’s most well-known and trusted animal welfare organisation, with a long history of providing evidence-based animal welfare advice to the public.

In 2018, RSPCA launched the Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy at Home.

This is a free resource aimed at advising cat owners on how to provide for their cat’s welfare and also help protect native wildlife by keeping their cat contained to their home, with safe outdoor access (e.g. through a cat-enclosure).

Pet friendly places

For information on parks where you can walk your dog in Mount Alexander see dog walking in parks.

With pet friendly accommodation and business listings in Australia, Take your Pet is an online resource for those looking to have adventures with their pet. Allowing users to share recommendations and experiences the platform creates a community of like- minded pet owners.

Owning a dangerous dog

If a dog attacks and seriously injures a person or another animal it will declared a Dangerous Dog under the Domestic Animal Act 1994.

Special enclosures will need to be built for these dogs and they must be muzzled and wear a special red and yellow collar at all times.

A dangerous dog declaration has effect throughout Victoria and it cannot be revoked, amended or otherwise altered.

This information does not apply to guard dogs on non-residential premises, for specific information on these dogs see Agriculture Vic.

Requirements for keeping declared dangerous dogs

Councils have the power to charge higher registration fees for dangerous dogs that have been declared dangerous than the standard maximum pet registration fees. See more at dog and cat registrations.

Declared dogs - property inspection fee for dangerous and restricted breed $65.00

The Domestic Animals Regulations 2005 provide for and ensure a state-wide standard relating to the management of dangerous dogs. The uniform identification of dangerous dogs and the identification of premises where they live is important for easy identification of these dogs. It is also vital for effective state-wide education programs, directed particularly at children.

Note that where the owner of a dog is under the age of 18 years, the parent or guardian of that owner will be deemed the legal owner of the dog and subject to any penalties/prosecutions.

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