Where do I buy a pet?
You can ensure you buy a healthy pet by purchasing from a registered domestic animal business or a responsible breeder (such as members of applicable cat and dog organisations, recognised by the Government).
Domestic animal businesses include animal welfare shelters and pet shops. All domestic animal businesses must be registered with the local Council, and must follow strict requirements under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. The legislation sets minimum standards for the housing and sale of animals. It requires the business to sell every pet with a health guarantee, and to worm, vaccinate and microchip animals prior to sale. In addition, animal shelters are required to desex animals before selling or giving them away.
Read more about domestic animal businesses, including specific information on the health guarantee, and the benefits of choosing a pet from an animal welfare shelter.
You can also read about the legal requirement to include microchip numbers in all dog and cat sale advertisements.
Warning: Beware of 'puppy scams', which involve ads for non-existent puppies being placed in newspapers and online classifieds. The 'seller' provides interested buyers with pictures of a puppy and then tricks them into paying fees for transport, customs or medical costs before the dog can be delivered. Once the payment is made, the puppy and money vanish without a trace. Avoid becoming a victim of such scams by adopting or buying from local breeders (where you can view the puppy in person), and checking microchip numbers and domestic animal business registrations. For more tips on how to avoid puppy scams, visit ScamWatch.