Domestic animal management plan 2013-2017 Moreland City Council



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Declared dogs


Objective 1: Inspect and audit all declared dog premises annually to ensure they are following the keeping requirements

Activity

When

Evaluation

Ensure compliance with DAA requirements

Annual check

Audit form completed and signed off by officer

Objective 2: Ensure accuracy of registration database for restricted breed dogs

Activity

When

Evaluation

Flag certain breeds on registration database for assessment under the approved standard


August/September each year

Audit form completed by officer on file

Cross reference microchip database information with current council registration database for potential restricted breed dogs


Annual check of existing dogs

Audit form completed by officer on file

Inspect all industrial properties in the municipality for dogs housed or kept for guarding purposes yearly


Annual check

Audit form completed by officer on file

Objective 3: To inform residents of what is a declared dog

Activity

When

Evaluation

Educate the community about

what is a declared dog



June 2014

Ensure public website information updated and revised annually with scheduled checking

Reducing euthanasia rates


Objective 1: Increase the adoption rate of pound animals

Activity

When

Evaluation

Approach pet stores and chains with pet sections will provide space for photos and shelter contact information on their bulletin boards
Use local newspaper do promote adoption of pets (supply photos)
Promote pound adoption through Council public website.


Commencing December 2013

Feedback provided by Pound
% Pet stores involved with program
Number of media stories

Promotion adopt a senior programs can help get older pets into homes.


Commencing July 2014

Feedback provided by Pound

Develop processes for the implementation of a Virtual Pound via Council’s website
Implement Virtual Pound


Commencing June 2013

Procedure developed for photographs to be taken of impounded animals.
Arrangements explored with LDH to provide photographs of impounded pets.
Once new Moreland website has been enabled, arrange for this to accept regular updates of photographs of impounded pets.

Implement Virtual Dog Pound

Upon completion of website enhancement

Implement Virtual Dog Pound

Objective 2: Increase cat ownership

Activity

When

Evaluation

Actively promote “Who’s for cats” campaign by using local newspaper articles.
Promote “Who’s for Cats” through Council public website.


March annually

Ongoing


Increase in cat registration members

Objective 3: Investigate alternatives to cat trapping

Activity

When

Evaluation

Investigate alternatives to cat trapping and provide a report to Council

June

Report present and noted by Council


Objective 4: Reduce euthanasia rates

Activity

When

Evaluation

Investigate partnership arrangements under section 84Y of the DAA to increase the opportunity for impounded animals to be rehoused.


June 2014

84Y agreements signed

Enter into 84Y agreements with selected Veterinary Care Clinics


June 2014

84Y agreements signed

Develop and support a Moreland based Community Foster Care Network


June 2015

Community Foster Care Network operational

Discuss with White Ribbon representatives the recommendation to provide short term free housing of animals of women and men in domestic violence situations.


June 2014

Council report produced and recommendation endorsed by Council.


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