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Responsible Pet Care

Responsible Pet Care Campaign

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries have launched a Responsible Pet Care Campaign to encourage greater understanding of the welfare and behaviour needs of pets.

The Responsible Pet Care campaign was launched in response to a survey of 1,629 pet owners that found some Victorian pets were not receiving the care they needed. For example, 63 per cent of dogs were not walked daily and 29 per cent of cats were not vaccinated.

The key message of the campaign is that all pet owners have a duty of care to protect the welfare of their animals and ensure their daily needs are met. This includes providing them with a suitable diet, keeping them healthy and meeting their environment, behavioural and social needs.

Please visit to access free information on responsible ownership for all types of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Alternatively, please download the Pet Fact Sheets on this page.