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What we believe

The Pet Industry Association is the only industry association in Australia created to represent all businesses in the pet industry. Formed in 1979 as the PIJAC, we have evolved into a peak organisation which aims to create an environment of best practice principles and ongoing learning for improved technology and systems in the pet industry. The Pet Industry Association is run by members for its members and offers a voice for all who join by liaising with governments, animal welfare agencies, as well as pet and animal groups nationally and internationally. We are represented on government steering committees, consultation and advisory groups on pet ownership and industry issues around Australia.

To promote, support and represent a sustainable pet industry because we recognise that pets and their welfare are essential for a healthy society.

This ensures our members thrive and our Association continues to represent the majority of the industry.

The PIAA National Code of Practice and Code of Ethics are quality standards for the operation of businesses in the pet industry supply chain. The Code sets standards that exceed current regulatory requirements. Compliance with the code is a mandatory requirement for membership of the PIAA. An Ethics and Complaints Committee adjudicates any complaints against activity deemed in contravention of the code.
PIAA is a member of the Australian Companion Animal Council and is represented on and works with Aquatic committees nationally, including OFMJG and the NSW Ornamental Fish Reference Group, Animal Welfare Advisory Committees in QLD, NSW, NT and the ACT, the Domestic Animal Management Implementation Committee in Victoria and the Dog & Cat Management Board in South Australia. We’ve also worked closely with the governments in QLD, NSW and SA on pet shop codes of practice. PIAA also holds a seat on the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

Latest news

Study shows owner misconceptions about their cats lifestyle may be placing their pets at risk.

Australians may think their indoor cats are safe and protected inside their homes, but research reveals that 83% of Australian cats have some level of outdoor access, which increases their risk of traumatic injuries, and their exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases.

To mark International Cat Day, the Have We Seen Your Cat Lately? Program is putting the spotlight on the hidden health risks Australian cat owners may not be aware of.
A recently conducted Feline Lifestyle Study*, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, showed that 66% of cat owners described their cats as having outdoor access, while 34% said their cats were indoor only. However, further questioning revealed that more than half of these “indoor only” cats actually had outdoor access. In total, 83% of pet cats had some form of outdoor access during their lives.1

Media Release - Have we seen your cat lately

 

Charity supporting people and pets in need urgently seeking new site in Melbourne

On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 are homeless. Today, 22,773 people are experiencing homelessness in Victoria*

Pets in the Park (PITP) has been operating in central Melbourne since 2016, providing free veterinary care for much-loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness. Today, PITP Central Melbourne clinic are seeking a new venue themselves due to demolition and development work. This means they can no longer use their current location and cannot operate until they find a new site.

“We knew that this location was always on borrowed time, but it came as a real surprise how quickly it happened and that’s no one’s fault. We are so grateful for the support from Wesley Church who were able to provide this location for two years,” said PITP Director Dr Mark Kelman.  Many people struggling with homelessness lead a difficult and isolated life, particularly those who struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. But for those with pets, their companion animals act as their refuge and give many a reason to live. “For many homeless people, having a pet provides the unconditional love, companionship, emotional support and security that they’re unable to find elsewhere,” said Dr Kelman. However, although pet ownership greatly enriches the quality of life of those who are experiencing homelessness, it can at times come at a significant financial cost and result in the forfeiting of personal welfare. This is where Pets in the Park comes in to help!

PITP’s volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses provide free veterinary care at health clinics and quarterly desexing clinics for much-loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness across Australia. The monthly clinics operate on the first or last Sunday of every month (depending on the clinic) and are run by a strict client referral system. Sadly, PITP Central Melbourne clinic’s venue at the Wesley Church on Lonsdale Street is being demolished for redevelopment, leaving Melbourne’s homeless people and their pets without support in the middle of winter.   “We were so blessed to have the Wesley Church as our location for the past two years and are really grateful to the team at Wesley for accommodating us for so long,” said Dr Kelman.  “It was a perfect venue with a large indoor hall suitable for all our canine and feline clients. It was able to give us shelter from the elements throughout the cold winter months, allowing us to carry on our vital work, and was a great central location that all our clients knew and could easily get to.”

Now, PITP Central Melbourne clinic needs a new site that can accommodate enough space for four consulting tables that veterinarians can use and, if possible, storage space for some medical supplies. “We do not leave any medications at the venue for safety reasons. It would be great if the new site can have indoor and outdoor space with room to move and be similarly located so that our clients can get to it easily,” said Dr Kelman.  Anyone with a possible venue for the charity is encouraged to please email the team at centralmelbourne@petsinthepark.org,au

Currently, PITP runs other clinics in NSW (including a mobile ‘outreach program’ clinic in Sydney), Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. In Victoria, PITP also operates a clinic in Frankston. For more information about this clinic, click here.  PITP relies on community donations and the financial support of sponsors and community grants. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The charity is also supported by veterinary practices that donate surgery space and surgical procedures, as well as the many wonderful volunteers who generously donate their time to health and surgery clinics.

To discover more about PITP, visit www.petsinthepark.org.au or follow Facebook.

* www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/fact-sheets

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