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Renting with Pets

Pet Application and Agreement Forms
pdf and Word )

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Australian Directory of Human Animal Interaction Organisations


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Dogs in Society Position Papers

ACAC Think Tank

ACAC Strategy 2011

ACAC Strategy 2013

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Animal Council

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Phone: 1300 668 354

Email: info@acac.org.au

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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. 


Renting with Pets & Tenants with Pets brochures

With two out of every three Australian homes owning a pet why are pet-friendly rentals so thin on the ground?

The Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC) brochures, Renting with Pets and Tenants with Pets, provide simple steps and helpful hints to help prospective tenants secure pet-friendly rental accommodation and offer an informative resource to landlords considering renting to pet owners.

Download a copy of Renting with Pets

Download a copy of Tenants with Pets

Download a copy of the Pet Application and Agreement forms
( pdf and Word )

Copies of these brochures are also available by contacting info@acac.org.au

Pet Ownership in Australia 2013 (Animal Health Alliance)

Based on the findings of the Australian Pet Ownership Survey, this report covers the benefits of pet ownership and the value of the pet care industry to the Australian economy, including:

  • Pet Ownership Trends
  • Buying Behaviour and Expenditure - including average spend per household on pet care products and services

The report can be found at http://petsinaustralia.com.au


Prey captured by domestic cats and domestic dogs in Australia, and owners' attitudes to predation

We all know that many pet cats and dogs out there like to hunt, but the affects this has on wildlife is still a point of debate.

Research at the University of Queensland is hoping to help find out, so if you own a pet cat or dog, then please complete this survey to tell them what your pet gets up to (even if it doesn't hunt!) and to give your thoughts on the issue of pets hunting. Thanks!.

To complete the survey please click here.



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