Australia is a nation of pet lovers. It is estimated that 63% of Australian households have some type of pet with 53% of households owning a dog or a cat.
Over many years, Australian and international research has shown that owning pets can help improve a person’s mental and physical health, reduce the effects of stress, help children learn about responsibility, facilitate social interaction between people and build a sense of community.
PIAS supports pet owners and those that may wish to own a pet by providing information to a range of organisations including state and local government, animal welfare groups, veterinary associations, dog and cat breed associations and the media.
If you are a journalist wishing to obtain information on pet ownership in Australia please contact PIAS on 02 9555 9675. If the matter is urgent or outside normal business hours please call 0419 362 442.