In Yarra Ranges, we love our animals.

The mix of urban and rural areas across Yarra Ranges means we have many pets and animals of all shapes and sizes. While pets are an important part of our families and community, we also have an abundance of native animals and sensitive environments in our parks, bushland and waterways.

This four-legged love doesn't come without some challenges.

How can we support safe and clean shared spaces for everyone, including people without animals, encourage responsible pet ownership and look after the wellbeing and management of cats and dogs?

This is where the Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) comes in. It gives council a way to identify and deal with all of these matters and more in relation to the management and wellbeing of, specifically cats and dogs, in Yarra Ranges.

For example, our DAMP outlines how we will work with community members to reunite with lost animals, how we can assist with nuisance issues like wandering or barking and other pet issues that come up in the community.

Our current DAMP is up for renewal and we want to hear what is important to you and what you would like us to consider when developing the new DAMP.

The survey below will take about 10 minutes to complete and your feedback will inform the development of a draft DAMP that will be available for feedback later in the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The DAMP provides Council with a four-year framework to ensure our cats and dogs have a safe, fun place to live and play.

This plan will help us identify areas for improving animal management compliance. It will guide education initiatives and help address emerging issues.

It may identify opportunities for community and Council partnerships to tackle challenges associated with cats and dogs in the community.

The DAMP is a legislative requirement for all Victorian councils, under the Victorian Domestic Animals Act.

The current DAMP (2018-2021) had a very broad definition of domestic animals. For the purpose of this survey and the new DAMP being developed the focus will be on domestic dogs and cats, as stated in the legislation.

The rules and regulations for other animals on private property are covered in Council's Neighbourhood Amenity Law

Based on research to date, the DAMP will broadly address the following key areas:

  1. Registration and identification of pets
  2. Nuisances and complaints
  3. Dog attacks
  4. Dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs
  5. Overpopulation - feral cat numbers
  6. Domestic animal businesses and
  7. Training of Authorised Officers