How can we better manage dogs and cats in Darebin?

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Domestic Animal Management Plans set out the procedures to manage dogs and cats

Darebin City Council, Moreland City Council and Whittlesea City Council are working together to understand community views in regards to animal management. Community feedback will be used to help prepare a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan specific to each municipality, but which also identifies opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between the councils. A draft plan will be developed and shared with the community for comment before Council considers adoption of a final Plan. We are consulting with the community on this now and want to hear from you!

Have your say by 5pm Tuesday 27 April 2021!


Ways you can have your say :

  • Complete the survey now
  • Attend a community pop-up near you:

Preston Council Offices
350 High Street, Preston

Wednesday 7th April 10am - 11.30 am
Reservoir Library
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Wednesday 7th April 2.30 pm - 4pm


All Nations Park
Bricksworks Lane/ Clifton Street, Northcote

Sunday 11th April 2pm- 3.30 pm


Why are we doing this?

Darebin City Council reviews its Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years. The Plan outlines how the City will manage dogs and cats. This will direct how Council will invest its time and resources, and how it will support the management of domestic animals and the safety and wellbeing of the wider community.

Why is this project important?

  • To encourage responsible pet ownership to minimise the risk of dog attacks on people and animals.
  • To encourage pet owners to register their dogs and cats so their animal can be easily identified.
  • To ensure there is an effective way to identify dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs to keep the community safe.
  • To investigate ways to minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.
  • To review strategies to address the over-population and maximise rehoming of stray domestic animals.
  • To help pet owners to take responsibility for their animal’s behaviour.

The current Domestic Animal Management Plan is available in the Documents section.

Darebin City Council, Moreland City Council and Whittlesea City Council are working together to understand community views in regards to animal management. Community feedback will be used to help prepare a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan specific to each municipality, but which also identifies opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between the councils. A draft plan will be developed and shared with the community for comment before Council considers adoption of a final Plan. We are consulting with the community on this now and want to hear from you!

Have your say by 5pm Tuesday 27 April 2021!


Ways you can have your say :

  • Complete the survey now
  • Attend a community pop-up near you:

Preston Council Offices
350 High Street, Preston

Wednesday 7th April 10am - 11.30 am
Reservoir Library
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Wednesday 7th April 2.30 pm - 4pm


All Nations Park
Bricksworks Lane/ Clifton Street, Northcote

Sunday 11th April 2pm- 3.30 pm


Why are we doing this?

Darebin City Council reviews its Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years. The Plan outlines how the City will manage dogs and cats. This will direct how Council will invest its time and resources, and how it will support the management of domestic animals and the safety and wellbeing of the wider community.

Why is this project important?

  • To encourage responsible pet ownership to minimise the risk of dog attacks on people and animals.
  • To encourage pet owners to register their dogs and cats so their animal can be easily identified.
  • To ensure there is an effective way to identify dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs to keep the community safe.
  • To investigate ways to minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.
  • To review strategies to address the over-population and maximise rehoming of stray domestic animals.
  • To help pet owners to take responsibility for their animal’s behaviour.

The current Domestic Animal Management Plan is available in the Documents section.