Follow these six steps to check the person selling is operating within the law; and understand the legal obligations you will have as a dog or cat owner..
Ask your breeder if they comply with the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals which outlines housing, husbandry, veterinary care and living minimums for breeding animals and their litters. Meet the seller in person where the animal has been bred.
Don’t send money for anything unseen or unverified over the internet. Unscrupulous scammers post pictures of animals they don’t own on fake websites and digital platforms. For more information about scams, or to report one, visit Scamwatch.
Dog and cat breeders/sellers must be registered as a ‘breeder’ in Dogs and Cats Online. Before buying a puppy or kitten, perform a ‘breeder search’ in Dogs and Cats Online to check they are registered. Registration does not imply the breeder’s credentials are endorsed, you need to make your own assessment. For example ask to meet the animals’ parents and inspect the premises in which the animal has been bred.
Dog and cat sale advertisements must contain the names, contact details and ‘DACO’ numbers (Dogs and Cats Online breeder numbers) of everyone involved in the breeding and sale. DACO numbers can be checked by searching www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au
Puppies and kittens should be microchipped by the breeder/seller. You need the microchip number to register the animal into your name.
When you buy a dog or cat, the seller must give you the following information.
You must also register your dog or register your cat by the microchip number or transfer code the breeder/seller has given you. You now have legal responsibilities as a dog owner or legal responsibilities as a cat owner.