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AMRRIC works with stakeholders to encourage Indigenous communities to join and remain engaged in culturally appropriate, sustainable animal management programs.

The organisation has made the manual, Conducting Dog Health Programs in Indigenous Communities: A Veterinary Guide by Dr Samantha Phelan, available free to members.

Petcare Information and Advisory Service has further information on pet ownership in the community at

  • How do animals help improve the lives of people: a research summary
  • Public Open Space and Dogs: a design and management guide for open space professionals and local government
  • People, Pets and Planning: living in a healthy community. Proceedings from the Deakin University Symposium
  • Barking management strategies help neighbours get along
  • Socially Responsible Pet Ownership in Australia: a decade of progress. Results from the 2006 National People and Pets Survey

More useful resources available at:

Halcyon Retirement Community Pet Policy

  • Pets be fully vaccinated against all common animal diseases
  • Cats be confined to the property – a cat run may be installed if residents wish their cat to access the outdoors
  • A behavioural assessment is undertaken by a professional Delta behavioural trainer
  • Dogs must always be walked on lead in the village
  • Dogs are prohibited from certain areas such as pools and particular facilities
  • Dogs are to be de-sexed


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