The Victorian Government is committed to improving transparency in the management of dogs and cats in shelters and pounds. In line with this commitment and community expectations, the Victorian Government will introduce mandatory reporting requirements under the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (the Code). This will allow the Victorian Government to compile and publish a report on the fate of animals admitted to and cared for within Victoria’s shelter and pound system.

Record keeping on dogs and cats cared for in a pound or shelter is already a strict Code requirement. As part of these records, shelters and pounds must include data relating to the date, reason and method of any animal euthanised and maintain these records for a minimum of 5 years.

In preparing to amend the Code, the Victorian Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders interested, involved or experienced in dog and cat rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming.

Your feedback will help ensure the amendments improve transparency and gain valuable data regarding dog and cat management in shelters and pounds.

How to participate

Please read the factsheet provided below in the 'Document Library' and share your feedback via the survey below.

Next steps

Once the consultation process has closed, feedback will be considered by the Victorian Government and inform drafting of final data collection and reporting amendments to the Code.

A summary report on stakeholder consultation will be prepared and published on the Engage Victoria page.

The Victorian Government will undertake stakeholder engagement and education on the Code’s new animal fate data recording and reporting requirements.

Privacy collection notice

Animal Welfare Victoria is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide in your survey response will be supplied to Animal Welfare Victoria and used to inform the development of amendments to the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (the Code). The scope of these amendments will be focused on requiring shelters and pounds to report specified animal fate data to the Victorian Government.

Your survey responses will be used to inform a summary report. Multiple choice, stakeholder/respondent type and postcode questions from the survey may be published as de-identified and aggregated data, and de-identified free text responses may also be selected for inclusion. Alternatively, subject to your consent, written responses may be quoted and attributed to you as part of this report.

All mandatory survey questions are marked with the word ‘required’. Any questions relating to your personal information are non-mandatory, this provides you with the option to make your survey submission anonymously.

You may also choose to provide your email address. By providing your email address, you authorise Animal Welfare Victoria to collect and use it for the purpose of updating you about amendments to the Code.

You can request access and correction of your personal information by contacting Animal Welfare Victoria at pet.welfare@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

Any personal information collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred will be held in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other applicable laws. You may contact us for any concerns you may have regarding the privacy of your personal information, by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit at privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au. The Department’s privacy policy is also available by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit.