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The Ballarat Animal Shelter has closed to the public and the adoption of animals will cease until further notice. The City of Ballarat’s pound services – the collection and release of stray pets – will still operate. Please call 5334 2075 to make arrangements to collect your pet. If you fi nd a lost cat or dog call the City of Ballarat’s Customer Service team on 5320 5500 to request assistance from an Animal Ranger. We are pleased that so ma...
Responsible Pet Ownership
You can keep up to two dogs and up to two cats. Animals kept on farm land are exempt. See pages 27-28 of the Community Local Law 2017 for details. Submit an Excess Animals Application to apply for a permit to keep more pets than listed above.
Be Kind to Animals
One of the positive results of staying home during the coronavirus pandemic is the enjoyment we get from spending extra time with our pets. Beyond enjoyment, research has shown that pet ownership has a number of physical and mental health benefits. As researched by the RSPCA, these include: Increased cardiovascular health (lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, and in men, lower cholesterol) Increased physical activity. Dogs especi...
Registering your pet helps us reunite you with your pet if they are picked up by our staff.
You can exercise your dog in an off-leash area but must maintain effective control. Discover off-leash areas on the map below.
Registering a domestic animal business
Under current legislation, all domestic animal businesses must be registered with the City of Ballarat. Domestic animal businesses include: animal pounds operated by Council or a Council contractor breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs) training for dogs and cats pet shops animal (welfare) shelters dog/cat rearing/breeding premises.