The City of Melbourne has drafted its Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017-21, which guides our management of cats and dogs through this four-year period, and we need you to have your say on what you feel the key issues and priorities should be in this plan.

This plan has been drafted based on feedback we received from a range of stakeholders and community members in March 2017 about our discussion paper.

This plan will guide the City of Melbourne in its service to the community, increasing the likelihood of animals being reunited with their owners and reducing the number of cats and dogs in animal shelters and potentially being euthanased. It will also assist the City of Melbourne to promote increased liveability in the municipality through minimising the nuisance, and possible danger, created by some dogs and cats.

We’re proud of our reputation as a pet-friendly city. As our city’s 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.

Note: The plan relates only to the keeping of dogs and cats. Other animals kept as pets are not addressed in the Act.