The Victorian Government will work with the community to improve the health and happiness of their pets, with the launch of a new welfare campaign that will inform and educate pet owners.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford joined locals and their pets at All Nations Park in Northcote recently to launch the ‘Better for Pets’ campaign.
The government is giving every tenant the right to own a pet as part of its sweeping reforms to make renting fair and not force people to choose between the pet they love and a place to live.
The campaign will promote better care for all Victorian pets by helping owners understand their pets’ welfare needs — including diet, environment, behaviour and social needs.
The campaign is based on the results of La Trobe University research on how well owners understood the welfare needs of their pets.
The research found some pets in Victoria are not getting the care they need to stay happy and healthy.
In addition to building on prior learnings on welfare for pet dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, the research examined welfare for pet guinea pigs, reptiles, rodents, ferrets and frogs for the first time in Victoria.
■Pet owners can find more information on the care of all companion animals by visiting: vic.gov.au/pets