26 September 2023

Nation’s first pet ‘Census’ gets a tick

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Australia’s first ‘Pet Census’ is to be held in Victoria as a way of helping the shape of future animal welfare and to ensure pet owners have the support and services they need.

Announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Gayle Tierney at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough, the Victorian Pet Census was unveiled with all pet owners encouraged to join in and bring all their pets in to become involved.

Opened last Monday. (3 July) the Pet Census is asking Victorians a variety of questions to gather crucial information on pet ownership and the attitudes and experiences of owners.

Ms Tierney said the pet ownership rates in Australian households had risen from 61 per cent to 69 per cent since the pandemic – making it more important than ever for the Government to establish a better knowledge of pets, their owners and the important community organisations that support them.

According to Ms Tierney, the Victorian Pet Census will gather vital information which will help shape the next generation of pet and animal welfare reforms.

“The Pet Census is a unique opportunity for pet owners from across the State to share their insights, opinions, and experiences,” she said.

She said the data received through the Pet Census would form a clearer picture of pet companionship of all kinds across Victoria, so the Government could continue supporting pet owners and improving pet welfare.

The Victorian Pet Census will take 15 minutes to complete, to take part please visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.

Ms Tierney said the welfare of our animals and wildlife remains a priority for the Government, receiving $18.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2023/24.

“This includes$7 million towards the Animal Welfare Fund grants program, recognising the role companion animals play in the lives of Victorians.

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