Who is ACA?

Animal Care Australia was founded in early 2018 to represent the interests of animal keepers and breeders throughout Australia.

Animal Care Australia was established as an organisation where the real animal welfare experts, those who keep, care for and breed animals would advocate for real and improved animal welfare. With extreme animal rights and animal liberationist ideologies influencing government legislation, regulation and policy at our expense and to the detriment of our animals and pets, it has become necessary to provide government with a balancing voice.

Today 69% of Australian households own pets. It is estimated almost 29 million pets are kept in the care of our community. 90% of Australian households have had a pet at some time. (Source: Animal Medicines Australia)

Originally founded to speak on behalf of owners of pet and companion animals, Animal Care Australia quickly recognised there is a need to expand our purview to include all animals held in ‘captive’ care with the exception of commercial livestock. The association has a strong committee composed of representatives for each major animal group – dogs, cats, birds, horses, reptiles, hobby farm animals, small mammals, native mammals and exhibited animals.

Animal Care Australia’s position is to promote welfare education over regulation.

Our goal is to promote and encourage high standards in all interactions with the animals in our care, to encourage responsible pet ownership, and the respectful treatment of all animals in our community.

We support and consult in the continued development of animal welfare law at all levels of government, including federal, state and local government.

As a society we have a responsibility to provide ‘whole of life’ welfare and protection for all animals living within our care.

You can find our Mission Statement, Objectives and Committee structure on our Structure page