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New standards for breeding announced

New standards for cat and dog breeders aimed at improving the health and welfare of dogs and cats will come into effect on 1 August 2017.

The South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals will be regulated under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012.

The compulsory Standards set minimum health and welfare requirements that must be met by anyone who breeds or trades companion animals including pet shops, shelters, dog and cat breeders and anyone who sells companion animals from venues such as markets or shows. 

The Guidelines provide recommendations of best welfare practices. 

An online tool has been developed to help breeders and traders work out quickly and easily which sections of the standards apply to them, and what they must do to comply.

Click here to download a copy of the Standards and Guidelines.