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Registering your pet is a mandatory requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. Apart from being a state legislated, pet registration helps us reunite you with your pet if they are picked up or get out unexpectedly and assists with data collection and how to increase responsible pet ownership throughout our community. All pets must be microchipped to be registered. If your pet is not microchipped- please get in contact with your local v...
Nuisance pets and animals
You can discuss nuisance pet and animals issues our friendly Customer Service team on 5320 5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsible pet ownership
As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to provide proper and sufficient food, drink, and shelter for your pet and ensure you seek veterinary or other appropriate attention or treatment if your pet requires it. City of Ballarat Animal Management Officers are authorised under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 to investigate alleged matters of cruelty within the municipality. Warnings, infringements, and prosecutions c...
Ballarat Animal Shelter
The Ballarat Animal Shelter is a safe haven for thousands of lost, surrendered, abandoned or mistreated animals as well as those caught up in emergency events each year.
Pests and pest control
Pests are non-native animals and insects that can affect your property, and enjoyment of our city.
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 the City of Ballarat or a City of Ballarat contractor breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs) training for dogs and cats pet shops animal (welfare) shelters dog/cat rearing/breeding premises.
The launch of Pet Adoption Month | A new leash on life
March is National Pet Adoption Month and the City of Ballarat is encouraging people to think about adding the right furry member to the family. At the commencement of March, the Ballarat Animal Shelter has 18 dogs, 77 cats and one pony looking for their new homes. When it comes to selecting an animal, take your time to think about what animal will fit your lifestyle. Introducing the right animal into y...
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What do my rates pay for?
Your rates create a Ballarat that is prosperous, connected and thriving. They allow City of Ballarat to build roads, bridges and bikeways. They support community spaces such as sporting clubs, parks, libraries, aquatic centres, and art galleries, They allow City of Ballarat to deliver infrastructure while maintaining its existing assets. They keep the streets clean and help lost pets find their home. They support everyb...
Being a responsible pet owner and how the City of Ballarat assists
Owning pets is very rewarding, they provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love. It's important to also understand what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. The City of Ballarat’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021 – 2025 outlines the animal services, programs and policies and assists in managing dog and cat issues within the municipality. All Victorian local Governments are required by the Domestic Animals Act ...