Victoria’s first ever Pet Census will take place next year to ensure ownershave the support and services they need.

The Government announced $613,000 from the 2022/23 Budget towards the PetCensus, with information gathered to be used to inform Government’s nextgeneration of pet and animal welfare reforms.

Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Argiculture, said the Pet Census will help thegovernment ensure it’s best supporting furry friends and their owners with theservices they need.

“Victorians love their pets and consider them part of their families. We aredelivering the state’s first ever Pet Census to better understand theimportant role pets play in the lives of Victorians.”

According to Animal Medicines Australia (AMA), pet ownership rates inAustralian households have grown from 61 per cent to 69 per cent in the pasttwo years, this census will help the government understand the demographics ofpet owners, general matters surrounding pet health, the costs associated withownership, and the social impacts of pet ownership.

Currently, most data around pet ownership and registration is held by localgovernments and there is a lack of reliable and up-to-date state-wideinformation.

Funding for the census comes as part of a $18.6 million package to supportanimal care and protection in this year’s State Budget.

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