Animal Welfare

Selling or giving away a cat or dog? – The rules have changed in NSW

From 1 July 2019, people advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale or to give away 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, including public advertisements on websites such as the Trading Post, Gumtree and social media sites.

The changes have been implements in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion
Animal Breeding Practices

The changes help people looking to buy a cot or dog search the NSW Pet Registry to see the animal’s:

  • breed
  • sex
  • age
  • whether it is desexed
  • whether or not it is already registered
  • whether any annual permit is in place (from 1 July 2019).

A breeder identification number search will also display any business name listed in the registry.

This enables buyers to do further research and make information purchasing decisions.  It also helps to promote responsible cat and dog breeding and selling and, over time, enable enforcement agencies to use this information to identify ‘problem’ breeders to enforce animal welfare laws.

Please see the NSW Department of Primary Industries website for further information.

Source: PIAA News Brief