Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Fumipets
Australia’s First Pet Census to Take Place in Victoria as Andrews Govt Seeks to Gather Crucial Information on Animal Ownership
Australia is gearing up for its first-ever pet census, and the state of Victoria is taking the lead as the Andrews government aims to collect “crucial information” on animal ownership. In a bid to gain a comprehensive understanding of pet demographics and their impact on the community, pet owners across Victoria are being encouraged to participate in this groundbreaking initiative. The online census will commence on Monday at 10 am and is expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The Rise of Pet Ownership in Australia
With the onset of the pandemic, there has been a noticeable surge in pet ownership rates throughout Australia, soaring from 61 to 69 percent. This dramatic increase in pet companionship has prompted the Andrews government to recognize the need for a better understanding of pets, their owners, and the essential community organizations that support them.
Gathering Crucial Data to Support Pet Owners and Enhance Pet Welfare
The forthcoming pet census aims to gather valuable data that will enable the government to provide enhanced support to pet owners and further improve pet welfare. By delving into the demographics of owners, pet health, associated costs, and the overall impact of pet ownership on wellbeing, policymakers will have access to crucial insights to inform the development of future pet and animal welfare reforms.
Agriculture Minister Gayle Tierney emphasized the significance of the Victorian Pet Census, stating, “The pet census is a unique opportunity for pet owners from across the state to share their insights, opinions, and experiences.” The collected information will shape the next generation of pet and animal welfare reforms, bringing about positive changes in the lives of pets and their owners.
Empowering Organizations to Better Serve Pet Owners
The pet census is not only valuable to the government but also to organizations dedicated to animal welfare. CEO Megan Seccull of the Australian Animal Protection Society expressed excitement about the census, stating that it would help shape their services and enable them to provide better support to pet owners. The data collected through the census will bridge the current knowledge gap on pet ownership experiences and attitudes, leading to improved services and enhanced quality support for a wider range of pet owners within the community.
Participate in the Pet Census
To contribute to this groundbreaking initiative, pet owners in Victoria can access the census through the official website of Animal Welfare Victoria at animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.
Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard and make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners across the state!
Source: Sky News Australia