New Victorian legislation for lost pets

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation that will better utilise veterinarians to reunite lost pets with their owners. Under current legislation, veterinary practices and animal shelters cannot lawfully reunite pets with their owners unless they have an established agreement with their local council.


The new legislation provides all veterinarians with the authority to scan a lost animal’s microchip and contact the owner, avoiding the need to send the animal to the local council pound. Veterinarians will need to keep records of pets that have been handed in, and check that anyone that picks up a lost pet is the actual owner.


“When a pet goes missing, it is stressful for the animal and its owners. This reform will make the reuniting of pets with their owners much easier and quicker, improving the welfare of all involved,” said Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas. Read more