The Pet Industry Association demands exacting standards from our members to ensure the welfare of animals and promote responsible pet ownership.
What we believe
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.
Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform tasks for people living with disabilities throughout Australia. Learning up to 50 commands, they ensure that an Assistance Dog is not only man’s best friend, but most helpful friend too.
Each Assistance Dog takes up to two years and costs $30,000 to train to meet the individual needs of each person living with a disability.
Children & Families Living with Autism
Assistance Dogs provide both physical & emotional support for families living with autism. Assistance Dogs are trained to assist with a child’s development, helping develop communication skills, empathy and help calm a child through difficult times.
People Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Assistance Dogs Provide physical and emotional support to help people living with PTSD better cope with day-today situations, providing calming reassurance during times which cause extreme anxiety.
Assistance Dogs are placed in schools to assist in a classroom environment. They help provide a calming influence for children with a range of needs such as autism, anxiety, learning & behavioural difficulties and can help reduce the incidence of bullying and truancy.
Assistance Dogs provide group therapy support in community facilities such as aged care homes, special needs group housing, children’s hospices and rehabilitation units. Assistance Dogs are also placed with couples living at home with early stages of dementia.
Dogtober is all about celebrating man’s best friend while lending a paw to Assistance Dogs Australia. You can create your own doggie themed events or get sponsored to undertake a challenge and raise much needed funds and awareness so we can train another 25 super puppies to help people with physical disabilities.
Just as puppies come in all shapes and sizes so too can your fundraising events.
To help out our super pups got their noses together and came up with some great ideas for events, from organising a Dog’s breakfast or baking and selling pup cakes to Dogs-bowls.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomes the announcement made by the Victorian Government last week, which will allow restricted dog breeds such as Pit Bulls to be registered in Victoria.
President of the AVA’s Victorian Division, Dr Paul Martin, said that the AVA had been lobbying the government against restricted breed legislation since it was introduced in 2011.
“We strongly oppose regulation of dogs based on breed alone because it simply doesn’t help in reducing the incidence of dog bites.
“Dogs of all breeds and all sizes have the potential to be dangerous in certain circumstances. Genetics, socialisation, training and health conditions as well as human behaviour, are all contributing factors when it comes to dogs showing aggressive behaviour.
“As a society we value the positive role that dogs play in our lives but there’s a persistent gap between the community’s desire to live alongside dogs and its knowledge of how to properly interact with them.
“We believe further education for owners and breeders, dog bite reporting mechanisms, enforcement of current regulations, increased registration of dogs and temperament testing are pathways to a safer community. These are much better alternatives to breed specific legislation.
“We’re pleased that the government will be considering all these important factors and we look forward to them introducing the new legislation next year that looks at behaviour rather than breed,” Dr Martin said.
The Labor Government will seek to remove the ban on registering restricted breed dogs as part of its response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into breed-specific legislation.
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