New laws will be implemented to help buyers make informed decisions about where to purchase their new best friend.
The laws will be put in place to promote responsible cat and dog breeding and to help identify problematic breeders and enforce animal welfare.
From July 1, people looking to sell or give away kittens, cats, puppies or dogs in NSW will need to include an identification number in advertisements.
The identification number can be either:
- a microchip number
- a breeder identification number, or
- a rehoming organisation number.
The rules will apply to all advertisements, including those in newspapers, local posters, community notice boards and all forms of online advertising, such as the Trading Post, Gumtree and social media sites.
The changes have been implemented in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices.
The changes will help people who want to buy a cat or dog search the NSW Pet Registry to see the animal's:
- whether it is desexed.
- whether or not it is already registered.
- whether any annual permit is in place.
A breeder identification number search will also display any business name listed in the registry.
The NSW Pet Registry can be found at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/companion-animal-welfare/nsw-pet-registry