Pet owner groups and vets

Getting a pet is an exciting time. However, it's important to consider where the animal is purchased from, how you'll keep them healthy and social, and what to do if they get lost.

Purchasing a new pet

The decision of acquiring a pet is a big decision. Cats and dogs can live to 15 to 20 years of age, so it is a long-term commitment.

Some important factors to consider prior to adopting or purchasing a pet include:

  • the time you have for your pet
  • your household including the number of people and ages
  • financial situation for routine resources and care such as food, parasite control, and regular, urgent and unplanned veterinary care
  • housing situation such as rental, owned and the backyard or outside area.

Dogs and cats can be adopted through shelters and rescue groups which gives dogs and cats another chance of life in a new family. Some of shelters and groups near Port Phillip include:

If you're after a purebred dog, and would like a ist of their characteristics and reputable breeders, visit Dogs Victoria.

When deciding on which dog is the correct breed for you, there are numerous online surveys to help ascertain a possible breed that fits your individual situation. For example, Dog Breed Selector quiz.

Organisations and groups

Animal health and welfare

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