The City of Melbourne has developed its Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017-21, which guides our management of cats and dogs through this four-year period. The plan was developed following community feedback in 2017 on what the key issues and priorities should be in this plan.

The first draft was developed 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.

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Did you know?

  • 1% of City of Melbourne residents own a cat and 2% own a dog (there are 3,365 registered dogs and 1,774 registered cats in the city).
  • There are 38 acres of off-leash dog areas in the city.
  • There were 62 report dog attacks in the year from 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016.
  • There were a total of 116 dogs and 132 cats impounded in 2016. These pets were either lost, unwanted or disowned.

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