Pawsome Pets, Pawsome People: Domestic Animal Management Plan


As our community grows, so does the number of our pets who also share our homes, walkways, parks and beaches.

The Surf Coast Shire Council Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2026 focuses on cats and dogs specifically, and outlines the key issues, objectives and priorities for how these will be managed.

Have your say 

There are three pawsome ways you can get involved or provide input into this plan:

1. Complete our online survey, Pawsome Pets, Pawsome People by 15 August.

Survey for pet owners

Survey for non-pet owners

2. Enter our photo competition by posting your favourite cat and dog pics on Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #pawsomeSCS, for your chance to win one of three $100 Pet Stock Vouchers.
Competition closes 15 August; posts must be public so we can see them; see T&Cs below.

3. Make a submission on the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2026 once is has been developed. It will be open for comment for three weeks in October.

Project background 

Every four years Surf Coast Shire Council prepares a domestic animal management plan in consultation with our community.

Our aim is to promote and encourage responsible pet ownership, while ensuring that we all (four-legged friends included) have an enjoyable place to live and play.

Share your favourite photographs of some 'Pawsome Pets' living in the Surf Coast Shire by entering our photography competition to win one of three $100 gift voucher from Pet Stock.

To be in it to win it, post a photo of your cat or dog on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #pawsomeSCS.

  • There are three prizes to be won.
  • The three winning entrants will each receive a $100 voucher to splurge on their fur baby.
  • Or, you can nominate a pawsome pet owner to donate your voucher as a sign of your appreciation for them being a responsible pet owner.

Entries are open from Monday 12 July to Sunday 15 August 2021.

Winners will be chosen by the Surf Coast Shire Mayor Libby Stapleton by 16 August and will be advised via Facebook or Instagram, as well as announced on

To enter:

  • Post your photo on Facebook or Instagram publicly with the hashtag #pawsomeSCS.
  • Please note, your image must be public. On Facebook you can choose privacy settings for individual posts, but on Instagram you must have a public account for us to see your image.


The promoter is Surf Coast Shire ABN 18 078 461 409 of 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay, Victoria 3228.

Entry into this competition is deemed to be an acceptance of the following conditions:

  • Entries are open from Monday 12 July to Sunday 15 August 2021.
  • Entry is open to people of any age who are living in and visiting the Surf Coast Shire.
  • Employees of Surf Coast Shire Council are ineligible to enter.
  • To enter, entrants should take a photo of their cat or dog, provide name and location within the shire, and post it publicly to Facebook or Instagram, along with the hash tag: #pawsomeSCS.
  • By entering this competition you give the Surf Coast Shire Council permission to use entrant’s picture for future promotions.
  • Surf Coast Shire Council reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with or does not comply with the entry process.