There’s been a 9 per cent drop in pet ownership between 2013 and 2016 as result, with several owners blaming unfriendly pet strata laws and a noticeable jump in the cost of looking after a loveable house pet.
Speaking in a national meeting of councils in Canberra this week, Brown said pet-friendly outdoor spaces was the most important factor in encouraging pet ownership in Australia.
Dr Brown is worried that the benefits of pet ownership, such as improved health and wellbeing, could be lost unless councils work with the community to make owning pets more attractive.
“Pet ownership is in decline, we’re talking 200,000 cats have disappeared from the pet landscape in the past 12 months and 100,000 dogs which is quite surprising because people assume Australia is a pet-loving nation,” Dr Brown said.
“The conclusion we’re drawing is perhaps it’s not so easy to own a pet and pets are not included in our society as much as they could be,” he said.
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