Pet Exchange Register
The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 establishes the Pet Exchange Register.
From 1 July 2019, any person or business who is advertising to sell or give away a dog or a cat will need to be enrolled on the Pet Exchange Register. In some circumstances, local councils will enrol the person or business.
Once enrolled, a source number will be generated, which will improve the traceability of dogs and cats, and allow councils and specific authorised officers to more effectively monitor those acting unlawfully.
From 1 July 2019, it will be an offence to advertise a dog or cat for sale unless the advert includes the animal’s microchip number and the source number generated by the Register.
Offences apply to both the person selling the pet, along with the publisher that publishes a non-compliant advertisement.
Members of the public will be able to access limited information on the Register, regarding advertisers of dogs and cats. Consumers will be encouraged to check the validity of a breeder or individual’s source number before they acquire a puppy, kitten, dog or cat.
During this year and next, the government will undertake an education campaign on requirements for the Pet Exchange Register, that Animal Welfare Victoria will develop.
Assistance is available by contacting Animal Welfare Victoria on firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (03) 9217 4294.