Whitehorse City Council

Domestic Animal Management Plan

Domestic Animal Management Plan - dog

Victorian Councils are required by legislation to prepare and implement a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) every four years. Whitehorse City Council supports this strategic approach and is commencing work on the 2017-2021 Plan.

Council's current Domestic Animal program pdf icon Domestic Animal Management Plan 2013-2017 (60.96kB) highlights a strategic framework that aims to assist in educating our community on responsible pet ownership issues, promotes the benefits of pet ownership, ensures appropriate levels of community compliance are in place and raised the profile and importance of effective domestic animal management.

Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires councils to periodically evaluate any program, service strategy or review outlined in the DAMP. The Act also requires annual reviews and the publishing of its evaluation of its implementation of the plan in Council's Annual Report.

The Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2017-2021 will provide the framework for animal management services for the next four years and will consider matters such as:

  • How important pets are to people who live in Whitehorse
  • Concerns you may have about animal related matters
  • Ideas and resources to assist residents to manage and care for their pets
  • Dogs in parks and reserves
  • Suggestions that ensure animals and people live together harmoniously
  • How well information provided by council about pets and animal management addresses your needs

Did you know?

Interesting facts at Whitehorse City Council 2016/17

  • Registered dogs: 15,330
  • Registered cats: 6,920
  • Off lead parks: 19
  • Complaints dealt with annually in relation to animals: 1,600

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, and provided feedback and ideas on the very topic of Domestic Animal Management, in particular on cats and dogs.

Domestic Animal Management Plan - cat