More details now a requirement when selling cats and dogs in NSW

NEW requirements for the sale of dogs and cats in NSW will improve animal welfare outcomes and give families more information about where their pet is coming from, according to Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.

From Monday, July 1, people selling or giving away cats or dogs will need to include an identification number in all advertisements.

Mr Marshall said the changes would provide prospective pet owners with more confidence they were purchasing from a reputable breeder.

“Welcoming a new pet into the family is an exciting time and we want to ensure we’re protecting the welfare of cats and dogs through this process,” Mr Marshall said.

“These new requirements will enable purchasers to make more informed choices about the dogs and cats they are buying, allowing them to look up important information about the animal’s history and the breeder or seller they are buying from.

“It will also promote responsible cat and dog breeding and selling by allowing relevant agencies to identify and deal with problem breeders.”

The identification number can be either a microchip number, a breeder identification number or a rehoming organisation number.  The changes have been implemented in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices and are supported by the new and improved NSW Pet Registry, a database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW.

Mr Marshall said pet owners could visit the NSW Pet Registry website to conduct a ‘buyer search’ and easily access information about an advertised animal including its breed, age, gender and whether or not it is de-sexed.

“The NSW Pet Registry is an important tool that allows pet owners to easily register their cat or dog, update contact details, report their pet missing, transfer ownership and pay the one-off registration fee,” Mr Marshall said.

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Media Release: July 1, 2019