Here in Melbourne, we're proud of our reputation as a pet-friendly city. As the population grows, so does the number of pets who inhabit our city and our aim is to ensure they have a safe and fun place to live and play.

That's why we are preparing the Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017-21, which guides our management of cats and dogs through this four-year period. The plan aims to help ensure more lost pets are reunited with their owners and reduce the number of cats and dogs in animal shelters and potentially being euthanized.

It will also assist the City of Melbourne to promote increased livability in the municipality through minimising the nuisance, and possible danger, created by some dogs and cats. (Sorry! The plan relates only to the keeping of dogs and cats. Other animals kept as pets are not addressed in the Act.)

As part of forming the plan, we’ll be listening to feedback from organisations like the RSPCA, The Lost Dogs’ Home and The Lort Smith Animal Hospital.

However, whether you’re a pet owner or not, we want to hear from you. It’s important that we understand views from a range of members of the community.

You can join us at one of our community workshops, or simply take the online survey on this site.

Take the survey

Which of the following describes you best?

Pets are great companions and helpful in keeping an active lifestyle. But not everybody feels the same about cats and dogs in a shared environment. Tell us what you like and what challenges you about cats and dogs in the City of Melbourne.

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Registration and microchipping
Barking dogs
Aggressive dogs
Lost and unwanted cats and dogs
Impact of cats and dogs on the environment
Desexing of cats and dogs
Dog attacks
Dogs in public places
Trespassing and nuisance cats
Domestic Animal Businesses (eg pet shops, boarding or shelters)

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Got something to say about cats and dogs in the city?

Share your views in this discussion forum on how we can make it work for all the community. Please remain respectful to all participants.