Purchasing a new puppy or kitten can be an exciting time, but there are some things to consider to ensure your new pet will be a healthy and happy addition to your home.
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Buying a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time. You first should decide whether you want to purchase your pet from a breeder or from a rescue shelter.
If you choose to purchase from a breeder, it is important to find out if you are buying from a responsible breeder. Buying from a responsible breeder can help protect both you and your new puppy/kitten.
If you have answered yes to any of these questions it could be a scam or puppy factory and needs further investigation.
By law, as of 1 July 2019, anyone selling or giving away a cat or dog needs to use an identification number in any advertisement. This number will be:
This number will help you to find out more information about the cat or dog that is advertised.
Use the identification number to check the NSW Pet Registry to confirm the number is valid.
If you decide to buy a cat or dog, make sure its ownership is transferred to you and that you claim ownership in the NSW Pet Registry. Further information on how to claim ownership is available through the Office of Local Government.
Before you buy a cat or dog and bring it home make sure you:
You can access the Buyer Search facility of the NSW Pet Registry and search for a microchip number, breeder identification number, or rehoming organisation number.
If you see an advertisement that does not include an identification number, or you suspect an advertisement includes a false number, you should lodge a complaint regarding cruelty to animals.
If the advertisement relates to a greyhound being sold or rehomed by a greyhound racing industry participant, you should contact the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission.
To find out more about advertising a dog or cat for rehoming or for sale, see the Questions and Answers section of our Selling or giving away a cat or dog page.
If a greyhound has been retired and is sold as a pet to a person that is not a registered greyhound participant, it must then be registered on the NSW Pet Registry like other dogs. Buyers will then be able to use the buyer search function for the identification number of this animal.
The greyhound may be owned by a registered greyhound racing industry participant.
As greyhounds owned by greyhound racing industry participants are not recorded on the NSW Pet Registry, the buyer search function will not operate on the NSW Pet Registry. If you wish to check whether a vendor is a greyhound racing industry participant, you can call the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission to request this information on 13 49 42 (13 GWIC).
If you have witnessed animal cruelty or have dealt with an irresponsible breeder you can report it. Find reporting options on the Making an animal cruelty complaint page.