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Published Monday 10 May 2021
Tags:General, Media Release

What's your experience with cats and dogs

Whether you’ve got a cat or dog at home, are in the process of adopting or have no desire to add a pet to your family, Mitchell Shire Council wants to hear from you.

Council is in the process of developing its new Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2021-2024 and wants to know how you think cats and dogs can be better managed in the shire.

The Domestic Animal Management Plan is a legislated document that all Victorian Councils are required to produce every four years.

Before a draft plan is put together, Council has developed a Community Survey to gather a range of information from the wider community - dog and cat owners, people involved in animal care, and even those without pets.

The survey includes questions about several topics including animal registrations, the cat curfew, re-homing and off-leash dog areas.

The survey is open until 9am on Monday 7 June. A draft Domestic Animal Management Plan will then be formed and is expected to be presented to the community later this year for input.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"Responsible pet ownership is really important to the wider community and developing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan is a way for Council to help people do the right thing when it comes to taking care of their cats and dogs," she said.

“We would love to have the community help direct our Domestic Animal strategies for the next four years, and to identify opportunities for improvements that benefit all members of our community, including our pet population.

“It’s well known that pets can improve wellbeing and bring people together, whether that is helping a child’s development, reducing loneliness and isolation or aiding with illnesses. That’s why is it so important to make sure our cats and dogs are being managed as effectively as possible.”

This page was last updated on 10 May 2021.