Pets and animals

We have one of the largest animal populations of any Victorian municipality, and currently have over 45,000 registered dogs and cats.

Pet registration information

Pet registrations run from 10 April in each year and must be renewed annually.

Fees | Microchipping | Refunds | Benefits | Exemptions

Dogs in public places

Our region is home to hundreds of walking tracks, parks and recreation reserves where people can take their dogs.

Dog walking maps

Keeping pets/animals

Having pets at home is great, but owners need to be good neighbours and protect the health, safety and amenity if their neighbourhood.

Dog security in backyards | Restricted dog breeds | Cat confinement | Desexing cats | Keeping ducks or chickens (poultry)

Animal welfare

If you have a concern about the welfare of any animal, pet or livestock, contact the RSPCA for advise and assistance.

Phone: 03 5223 1435 | Website:

See also: Bees, Pests