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Bendigo’s 24-hour cat containment springs into action

02-07-2024

The City of Greater Bendigo’s new cat containment policy came into effect as of yesterday, July 1.

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Melbourne Cup coming to Trentham

25-06-2024

The Melbourne Cup is coming to Trentham as part of the 2024 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

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Free workshop on overcoming mouse phobia

27-05-2024

As autumn settles in the Central Highlands, so does the occasional uninvited guest - the field mouse.

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When an animal disease emergency happens…

20-05-2024

When Dr Matt Boon from Prime Livestock Veterinary Services put his hand up to work on emergency animal disease outbreaks, he did it with the bigger picture in mind.

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Hepburn declares ‘zero tolerance’ for dog attacks

19-04-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council has issued infringement notices for matters relating to responsible pet ownership after a number of reported dog attacks recently.

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A very golden retrieval…

15-04-2024

Nella is one very lucky rolden retriever after being retrieved herself, from a very hairy predicament earlier this month.

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Wildlife road trauma hitting home in Macedon Ranges Shire

08-04-2024

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council will call on the federal gvernment to factor in wildlife trauma and fatalities metrics in federal road safety funding models.

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Time to register Fido and Fluffy

22-03-2024

Pet owners in Ballarat are being gently reminded that pet registrations fall due on April 10 for renewals and new pets.

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Chance to help shape Victoria’s new animal protection laws

27-02-2024

The draft bill for a new Animal Care and Protection Act has been released for public comment, but you'd better be quick as the opportunity to have input closes early next month.

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Blue-green algae increased risk to animals and people

27-02-2024

Recent flooding combined with warmer weather has increased the risk of blue-green algal blooms in farm dams, Agriculture Victoria is warning.

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Warning to prevent heat stress in livestock

27-02-2024

Agriculture Victoria is urging livestock owners to ensure all animals in their care are adequately protected from harsh weather conditions, including extreme heat.

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New laws strengthen biosecurity safeguards

27-02-2024

The Victorian government has strengthened enforcement power and increased penalties to better manage biosecurity incidents and protect Victoria’s valuable agriculture sector for the future.

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Mind Your Pet closes its doors on an era

15-02-2024

After 18 years Rob Hands and Annie Reeve have stepped away from their Mind Your Pet business in Daylesford.

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City offering complimentary microchipping in return for pet registrations

12-02-2024

Ballarat residents can now get free microchipping for their four-legged friends in return for ensuring that their pets are registered with the City of Ballarat for this year.

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Pick me, pick me!

07-02-2024

Hey! I’m Herbert. I am three months old and I am a ginger and white bundle of fun.

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Keep encounters with flying-foxes fleeting this summer

08-01-2024

With Grey-headed Flying-foxes travelling great distances to find food, Victorians may be encountering these vulnerable visitors in backyards and public places, prompting some warnings from DEECA.

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Bendigo goes on-leash for pooch walkers

02-01-2024

As of yesterday, January 1, Greater Bendigo changed from being an off-leash default to an on-leash default municipality with new designated areas where dogs can be exercised off-leash.

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Dachshund Dash

02-01-2023

The Dachshund Dash is back on for 2024 this month at the Geelong Harness Racing Club in Corio.

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State-of-the-art animal facility closer to reality, Ballarat

28-12-2023

A pivotal next step in developing a state-of-the-art Regional Animal Facility at Ballarat has been reached to close out 2023.

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Win for conservation in the Wombat Forest

22-12-2023

Late last month the Victorian Supreme Court granted an injunction to stop VicForests timber harvesting operations in a coupe known as ‘Silver Queen’ in the Wombat State Forest. This replaces the interim injunction that has been in place since September.

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Hepburn Wildlife Shelter under threat

21-12-2023

The future of much-loved Hepburn Wildlife Shelter hangs in the balance with DEECA threatening to enforce the removal of all wildlife in its care from early in the new year.

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What a Trooper

20-12-2023

They’re a lively and character-packed lot, the dogs of Trentham, and not least among them is Trooper the kelpie.

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Santas little yelper: shelter urges new adoptions this Christmas

13-12-2023

The Ballarat Animal Shelter has 80+ animals available for adoption and has begun urging residents in the wider region to consider giving one of them a good new permanent home this Christmas.

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Factor pets in fire plan this summer: CFA

12-12-2023

As the first day of summer approaches, CFA with RSPCA Victoria, is reminding Victorians to consider their pets and livestock in their bushfire survival plan.

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Pick me, pick me!

11-12-2023

Hey! Tychus here. I am a personality-packed little 14 year old apricot silky terrier mix.

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Global cat vaccination shortage impacts local shelter

01-12-2023

The Ballarat Animal Shelter has announced that it has limited capacity to take on unvaccinated cats or kittens currently due to the extreme cat vaccine shortage occurring worldwide.

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Pick me, pick me!

27-11-2023

G’day. I’m Flash. I’m a seven-month-old, black and white Australian cattle dog/staffy mix and I'm keen to secure my perfect new forever home and person - or people.

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Deva launch at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria

26-11-2023

Former Glenlyon resident Jill de Vos has written a cat book. But this is not about any ordinary cat, nor an ordinary life.

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Ducking out for quick rescue all in day’s work for CFA volunteers

16-11-2023

An anxious mother duck was reunited with her ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain, thanks to the good work of some firies who ducked out for the quick rescue operation last week.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

13-11-2023

G’day! I’m Colin. I’m a bloke in my prime at five-and-a-half years young.

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Be aware of hydatids senior vet officer warns

07-11-2023

You may have recently read that a living roundworm, suspected to have come from the faeces of a carpet python, was pulled from brain of a woman in New South Wales.

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Subsidies up for cat desexing in the ‘rat

30-10-2023

Cat owners in Ballarat once again have the opportunity to have their cat desexed at a subsidised cost.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

29-10-2023

Hey! I’m Cupcake. I would love to find a good, caring home where I will receive lots of love and attention and I will make a superb companion. I need to be an indoors only cat due to the skin cancer risk posed by my beautiful pink skin.

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Foal rescue a success: warning on horsing around

23-10-2023

Responding to a callout in recent days, CFA crews were able to rescue a foal that had gotten itself stuck in a hole.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

16-10-2023

G’day! I’m Flynn and I’m just one year old. I am a handsome and very friendly black and tan Dobermann.

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Thousands of animals adopted in Ballarat

04-10-2023

The Ballarat Animal Shelter has recently celebrated the 3000th animal adopted from the facility.  

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

01-10-2023

Hey there. I’m Bonnie. By name and by nature. I am a three-and-a-half-year-old, tan bloodhound- Rhodesian ridgeback crossbreed girl.

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De-sexing clinic for cats in the ‘maine this Sunday

30-09-2023

The Regional Community Vet Clinic will hold a cat de-sexing clinic this Sunday, October 1 in Castlemaine.

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Clopping on: continuing the Clydesdale tradition

28-09-2023

The early development of Australia from its roads to farms would hardly have been possible without the contribution of heavy horses.

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Cats coming to Creswick

27-09-2023

Cat and art lovers alike will be heading to the Creswick Town Hall this long weekend.

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Design for new Ballarat regional animal facility: tender documents released

24-09-2023

Progress towards a new purpose-built regional animal facility in Ballarat is a step closer with tender documents released calling for a project architect.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

17-09-2023

G’day. I’m Pheonix and I’m still a young bloke at just 10 months of age.

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Maverick, the Clydesdale, leaves a huge legacy

14-09-2023

Maverick, the Clydesdale, has died at the age of 25 after a long battle with cancer.

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Puppy survives 25 metre fall, rescued from Maldon mine shaft

09-09-2023

A multi-agency rescue effort has saved a puppy from a mine shaft at Maldon in recent days.

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Holistic grazing course coming soon for Hepburn locals with livestock

08-09-2023

Hepburn Shire residents who keep livestock are being urged to secure their place in the award-winning Healthy Landscapes 2023/2024 Holistic Grazing Course which begins Friday 15 September.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

04-09-2023

G’day. I’m Ollie and I am a 14-and-a-half-year-old tabby and white domestic medium hair puss. The people here at the Mount Alexander Animal Welfare shelter in Castlemaine say I am “a beautiful big boy”.

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Good life down on the woollen mill farm

02-09-2023

It’s a job many would envy and Creswick Woollen Mill’s Farmer Maddy says it’s one she’s not about to swap for a desk any day soon.

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Perfect to make art pundits purr: cat art comes to Creswick

31-08-2023

Cats Come To Creswick Art Show, will be held at the Creswick Town Hall from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, and raise funds for a new bus for John Curtin Aged Care.

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Grants program opens for wildlife shelters, carers

21-08-2023

The state government says it's backing Victoria’s wildlife rescue volunteers so that sick, injured and orphaned native animals get the support they need.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

20-08-2023

Well hello. I’m Luna and I’m three years old. I am a classic tabby boy with a very sweet personality. I love having attention and spending time with people.

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Wild horse shooting proposal for Kosciuszko National Park

10-08-2023

The Invasive Species Council has welcomed Monday's announcement that the NSW government is consulting on changes to the Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan to allow aerial shooting as a method to reduce feral horse numbers.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

08-08-2023

Hey! I’m Venus and I am one cool house panther. I have a superb black coat, like black velvet really.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

20-07-2023

G’day! I’m Hollie and I’m a loveable and affectionate four-year-old tan coonhound redbone/staffy cross pooch...

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Make Fido and Fifi count: participate in Victorian pet census

12-07-2023

The Victorian government is launching the nation’s first Pet Census to help shape the future of animal welfare and ensure pet owners have the support and services they need.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

09-07-2023

Hey! We’re Augustus (Microchip no 956000016568467) and Fergus (956000016559949) and we’re pretty cute. We’re German Sheppard-Maremma cross brothers and we’re both just over 12 weeks old.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

24-06-2023

G’day. I’m Otis and I am a super handsome liver and white German Shorthaired Pointer. I am just eight months old so my whole life awaits and I could use someone good to share it with.

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Community Vet Clinic reaches fundraising goal

12-06-2023

Regional Community Vet Clinic, a Mt Alexander Shire-based not-for-profit organisation, has reached its goal of raising $500,000 construction costs for a dedicated veterinary clinic.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

12-06-2023

If you could use a good travelling companion with a playful personality then come on out to the Mount Alexander Animal Welfare shelter in Castlemaine and let’s catch up.

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Pick Me ! Pick Me!

28-05-2023

Well hello there! I’m Gypsy and I’m a sweet affectionate gal. I’m of bull arab extraction with a bit of mix into the bargain making me a robust pooch.

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Cat curfew soon comes in for Hepburn shire

27-05-2023

Hepburn Shire Council is bringing in a dusk to dawn cat curfew enforceable from 1 July 2023. From that date cats must be securely confined to the owner’s property between sunset and sunrise.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

16-05-2023

G’day. I’m Arnie. I’m a very handsome silver tabby, about 13 weeks old.

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Pick me, pick me!

29-04-2023

Hi there, I am Yoshi. I am a 13-year-old boy, black and tan, German Shepherd cross Kelpie.

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Farmer fined for seriously neglected sheep

23-04-2023

A Mallee farmer has been fined $65,000 and disqualified for 25 years from owning any farm animal or being a person in charge of any farm animal after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges and being sentenced recently at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

17-04-2023

G’day. I am one purr-sonality-packed little calico cat. The humans have named me Iced - and I have a sister called Vovo.

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Pick me, pick me!

02-04-2023

Hi there, I am Tasia, a Jack Russell/whippet. I am a girl, just 13 years young and came to the shelter because my owner sadly passed away.

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