Domestic Animal Management Plan

Council plays an important leadership role in supporting and promoting responsible pet ownership, community safety and healthy living through a well-informed community.

In accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994, Council adopted Domestic Animal Management Plans in 2008, 2013 and 2018 with each plan providing a formal approach to service delivery and animal management initiatives over 4 years.

This latest plan builds on the foundation of the initial plans and will guide service delivery and actions through to the year 2025. This plan outlines Councils strategic direction and objectives towards animal management and provides a structured framework for Councils animal management service to address responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Council has spent the previous four years working towards operational efficiency and streamlining processes at the Shepparton Animal Shelter to improve practices. Over the next four years Council will begin to shift towards more aspirational strategies that can directly impact responsible pet ownership and improve the health and wellbeing of our domestic animals.

Council seeks to address animal management issues by undertaking the actions outlined in the Action Plan.