Fluffy, feathery and scaly Victorian friends will be the focus of the state’s first pet census, which will gather important information about owners and their favorite companions.
The Andrews government on Wednesday announced more than $ 610,000 for a poll to be conducted next year.
Under the current Victoria system, local governments need to collect and store most information about pet ownership and registration, which means there is a lack of reliable and dependable data for the entire state.
Next year’s census, which is scheduled to be conducted online, will ask questions about pet owners and their pets, as well as about pet health, how much pet care costs, and about the social consequences of animal ownership and welfare.
“We are conducting the state’s first pet census to better understand the important role of pets in Victorian life,” said Agriculture Minister Mary Ann Thomas.
“A pet census will help us make sure we best support our furry friends and their owners with the services they need.”
More Victorians welcome pets in their homes than ever before, and the level of pet ownership across the country has risen by about eight percent to 69 percent over the past two years.
Victoria’s RSPCA chief executive Dr. Liz Walker backed the pet census, which came after the state government announced $ 18.6 million to support animal care and protection in the budget earlier this month.
“Pets are important to humans, so we support conducting a pet census, knowing that it will provide vital data to support targeted initiatives that will help Victorians better care for their pets,” Dr. Walker said.