Victoria’s first ever Pet Census will take place next year to ensure owners have the support and services they need.
The Government announced $613,000 from the 2022/23 Budget towards the Pet Census, with information gathered to be used to inform Government’s next generation of pet and animal welfare reforms.
Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Argiculture, said the Pet Census will help the government ensure it’s best supporting furry friends and their owners with the services they need.
“Victorians love their pets and consider them part of their families. We are delivering the state’s first ever Pet Census to better understand the important role pets play in the lives of Victorians.”
According to Animal Medicines Australia (AMA), pet ownership rates in Australian households have grown from 61 per cent to 69 per cent in the past two years, this census will help the government understand the demographics of pet owners, general matters surrounding pet health, the costs associated with ownership, and the social impacts of pet ownership.
Currently, most data around pet ownership and registration is held by local governments and there is a lack of reliable and up-to-date state-wide information.
Funding for the census comes as part of a $18.6 million package to support animal care and protection in this year’s State Budget.