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Responsible Pet Ownership
You can keep up to two dogs and up to two cats. Animals kept on farm land are exempt. See pages 27-28 of the Community Local Law 2017 for details. Submit an Excess Animals Application to apply for a permit to keep more pets than listed above.
The Ballarat Animal Shelter is taking appointments between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday. For Ballarat’s pound services – the collection and release of stray pets – call 5334 2075 to make arrangements to collect your pet. If you find a lost cat or dog call the City of Ballarat’s Customer Service team on 5320 5500 to request assistance from an Animal Ranger. We are pleased that so many animals have been adopted over the ...
Supporting our tourism sector
Never before will Ballarat’s ‘visiting friends and relatives travel market’ be more relevant than when Victoria comes out of restrictions. That’s when our local residents will be encouraged to extend a lifeline to our tourism attractions in a show of solidarity and support.
While you're at home - keeping young ones engaged
As we all stay home to try and stop the coronavirus spread and flatten the curve, it's important to keep young minds and bodies engaged. Here are a few suggestions.
Registering your pet helps us reunite you with your pet if they are picked up by our staff.
Registering a domestic animal business
Under current legislation, all domestic animal businesses must be registered with the City of Ballarat. Domestic animal businesses include: animal pounds operated by Council or a Council contractor breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs) training for dogs and cats pet shops animal (welfare) shelters dog/cat rearing/breeding premises.
While you're at home - there's still plenty to enjoy!
We know these are tough times, but there’s lots you can still enjoy from the comfort of your home.
You can exercise your dog in an off-leash area but must maintain effective control. Discover off-leash areas on the map below.
Ballarat is home to some wonderful natural assets. To make sure these are well looked after now and into the future, a dedicated group of residents is working with the City of Ballarat to shape the regeneration and improvement of biodiversity and habitat links across the east of the city.