Policies for Breeders
- If the advertisement is for a cat or dog then the animal should be microchipped before sale or transfer and the microchip number should be stated in the advertisement. Microchip numbers should be provided in all advertisements nationally regardless of whether mandatory microchipping requirements exist in that particular state (i.e. this requirement applies not just to animals being sold in Victoria).
Breeder’s contact details should be permanently recorded on a recognized microchip register prior to sale or transfer. Microchipping documentation should be provided to the buyer to confirm this.
- Breeders should allow potential buyers to visit the place where the animal was bred to meet the mother animal (and father, if he’s around).
- Breeders should provide their government registration/license/permit details to buyers, where this applies in their state/local council area. Requirements can vary between states/regions.
- If the breeder is ‘registered’ as a member of a non-government association e.g. State Canine council, they should provide their membership details to buyers. This should be in addition to the above requirements.
A pricing limit of $500 per pet advertised for adoption/sale applies to any unregistered breeder or private advertiser. The price must be stated in the ad. Unregistered breeders/owners are NOT permitted to use the ’Please Contact’ price option in their pets ads.
Please make sure you are complying with all local and state laws as there are many specific, localized regulations. For example, did you know it is illegal to sell fish as pets in Tasmania Australia unless you have a special license? Please check with your local council, state regulatory and any other relevant industry groups for any specific policies, rules and/or regulations about the sale of pets in your state.