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The Ballarat Animal Shelter is taking appointments between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday for adoptions and to pick up your lost pet. For Ballarat’s pound service (picking up your lost pet) call 5334 2075 to make an appointment 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 ask for help from an Animal Ranger. You can call the Ballarat A...
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
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.
Registering your pet helps us reunite you with your pet if they are picked up or get out unexpectedly.
You can exercise your dog in an off-leash area but must maintain effective control. Discover off-leash areas on the map below. The City of Ballarat has 10 off-leash dog areas: Wendouree – CE Brown Reserve Dog Park (Dowling St) Wendouree – Pioneer Park (Ring Rd) Alfredton – Cuthberts Road Reserve Newington – Victoria Park Dog Park (Poplar Ave Newington, off Russell St) Soldiers Hill – Gregory St Reserve Black Hill – Chisholm St ...
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 new Pennyweight Dog Park provides Ballarat’s fur community with another friendly and safe space where they can enjoy mixing off lead with their friends, old and new.
Pests and pest control
Pests are non-native animals and insects that can affect your property, and enjoyment of our city.
Ballarat Regional Animal Facility
City of Ballarat is advocating to the Victorian Government for funding to build a new, purpose-built regional animal facility to provide care to more of the region’s pets and animals.