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Drawing of a dog

Resources to promote responsible pet ownership, including information on registration, desexing, cleaning up after your dog, and leashing requirements.

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What to do if you have lost your pet or if you have found an animal.

Drawing of a dog

City of Melbourne provides animal management services including registration, investigation and education about responsible pet ownership.

Drawing of a cat with a registration tag and microchip

To help keep pets safe, all pet owners are required by law to microchip and register their cat or dog with their local council.

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Dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs are treated differently by law.

Information about

Buying a pet

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There are many known benefits to pet ownership but there are many important things to consider before purchasing a pet.

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Drawing of a dog being scanned for a microchip

Microchipping and registration make it easier to identify and return impounded cats and dogs.

See more Microchipping


Drawing of a cat and kittens

The City of Melbourne recommends that cats and dogs be desexed if they are not intended for breeding. Registration fees are reduced for desexed animals.

See more Desexing

Walking your dog

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The City of Melbourne requires dogs to be leashed in all public areas of the municipality except for designated off-leash areas in parks.

See more Walking your dog