The Victorian Government is launching Australia’s first Pet Census to help shape the future of animal welfare in Victoria.

Gayle Tierney, Minister for Agriculture, announced the Victoria Pet Census at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough recently and encouraged all pet owners to get involved.

“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.”

With pet ownership rates in Australia rising from 61 per cent to 69 per cent since the pandemic, it is more than important than ever for the Government to establish a better knowledge of pets and ensure owners have access to the support and services they need.

Megan Seccull, CEO of the Australian Animal Protection Society, said this Census data will help them improve their services and provide better quality support to a broader range of pet owners in their community.

“As an organisation that cares for a variety of animal species, as well as cats and dogs, we are looking forward to the Victorian Pet Census closing the current knowledge gap on pet ownership experiences and attitudes.”

The Victorian Pet Census will take 15 minutes to complete, to take part please visit

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