There are laws for breeding dogs and cats. These apply to anyone involved in reproduction, whether that be providing ova/semen or an 'accidental litter'.
These laws aren’t just for registered businesses - they apply to anyone who breeds and/or sells dogs and cats. This includes owners of ‘accidental’ litters and rescue groups. According to South Australian law, anyone who sells a dog or cat they have 'bred', must be registered as a breeder on Dogs and Cats Online.
Basically, there are six things South Australian dog and cat breeders must do to comply with the law.
Anyone who breeds and/or trades in companion animals should follow the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals. These standards set minimum requirements for housing, husbandry, veterinary care and living conditions for breeding dogs and cats and their litters. All breeders must adhere to, or exceed, these standards to avoid breaking animal welfare laws.
All dogs, cats and breeders must be registered in Dogs and Cats Online. If you wish to breed and sell animals, you must register yourself as a breeder on Dogs and Cats Online.
Any advertisement selling a dog or cat must include the following information (download and follow the advertising example below).
Breeders must have puppies/kittens microchipped before sale. Microchip numbers entered in Dogs and Cats Online must be transferred to the new owner
Any person who sells a dog or cat must provide the following information to purchasers in writing. Use this sale certificate template for this purpose.
All dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018 must be desexed (some exemptions apply). Breeders who are registered in Dogs and Cats Online do not have to have their breeding animals desexed.
Dogs and cats must be desexed within 28 days of purchase and before 6 months of age. If a time extension is granted, the procedure must occur before the date specified in the extension.