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Update for the advertising cats and dogs for sale in Victoria

The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Act 2017 amends the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and reforms the dog breeding and pet shop industries in Victoria and better regulate the sale of dogs and cats.

The PFPS Act amends the Act to:

  • limit the number of fertile female dogs breeders can keep
  • restrict pet shops to selling dogs and cats sourced from shelters, pounds or enrolled foster carers*
  • clarify the role of foster carers
  • define ‘recreational breeders’ and ‘microbreeders’
  • confirm the definition of ‘farm working dogs’
  • introduce the animal sale permit system
  • improve traceability of cats and dogs through the establishment of the Pet Exchange Register
  • strengthen pet advertisement offences

Requirements for all advertisements, including in newspapers, Gumtree, Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Snapchat etc.

Publishers must ensure that the unique source number of the business (a Domestic Animal Business is defined as a breeder, animal shelter, Council pound or pet shop) and the individual microchip numbers of each cat or dog being sold or given away is included. These requirements apply to puppies and kittens as well adult dogs and cats.

For those who are:

  • rehoming a pet (including giving away)
  • microbreeders
  • recreational breeders
  • farmworking dog owners and breeders
  • interstate sellers advertising in Victoria.

An advertisement must include the unique source number of the seller and the individual microchip number of each cat or dog being sold or given away. These requirements apply to puppies and kittens as well adult dogs and cats.

A source number is required from the Pet Exchange Register:

  • a member of an applicable organisation or own ten or less doges or cats for breeding
  • owns two fertile females and breeds kittens and puppies for sale
  • a farm working dog owner and who wants to advertise a dig for sale
  • advertising that dogs and cats are for sale
  • the person is a responsible for a community foster car network
  • a person voluntarily enrolled with council as a registered foster carer of cats and dogs
  • a person who is advertising a cat or dog of any age as free to a good home or for a cost.
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