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Renting with Pets

Renting with Pets - a Landlord's Guide

Renting with Pets - a Tenant's Guide

Animals assisting humans

Australian Directory of Human Animal Interaction Organisations

ACAC Papers

Dogs in Society Position Papers

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The Importance of Pets

As a non-profit organisation the Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC) provides a forum for the pet care industry to promote the benefits of socially responsible companion animal ownership to individuals, the community and all levels of government through research, education and advocacy.

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with over two thirds of households owning pets. Quite simply, pets are part of the Australian way of life.

Pets are good for our health and good for the health of our communities. The tangible benefits to the physical and mental wellbeing of pet owners have been confirmed by scientific research. Pets provide companionship, encourage exercise and increase social interaction. They give pleasure, teach responsibility, they love and are loved in return. Their owners are healthier and happier than non-owners.

Despite the proven benefits of pet ownership, it’s becoming more difficult to own pets. Urban consolidation, environmental concerns, changing lifestyles and government legislation are creating an environment in which pet ownership is threatened. Because of the considerable benefits pet ownership brings to individuals, the community and the economy, serious attention should be given to the issues limiting pet ownership. The needs of pets, pet owners and non-pet owners are all legitimate. These needs must be appreciated and integrated with society and the environment to ensure that people and pets live harmoniously. 


ACAC's Inaugural Think Tank



The Australian Companion Animal Council held its first think tank - ACAC Strategy 2011 - at Doltone House in Sydney on September 15, 2011.

The Think Tank focused on the challenges and choices facing pet owners and Australia's pet care industry.

ACAC has published a White Paper as an outcome 2011 Think Tank which will be used by ACAC to raise awareness of issues and opportunities with Government, media and others involved in companion animal management.

The primary aim of the White Paper will be to present the issues and opportunities raised at the Think Tank, and put forward possible next steps for ACAC as the peak body representing the interests of companion animal ownership in Australia.

ACAC Strategy 2013
Tuesday 11th June
Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf

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