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Buying or selling a dog or cat?

If you're intending to buy or sell a dog or cat in South Australia, the following information will help you understand and comply with South Australian dog and cat laws

SELLERS: Make sure you understand these rules and have all the information needed on hand to give the buyer.

BUYERS: Make sure you understand these rules and you get the information you need from the seller.

1. Sellers must provide buyers with the following information in writing.

  • Name, address and phone number of the seller.
  • Name, address and phone number of each breeder involved in breeding the dog/cat for sale and their DACO (Dogs and Cats Online) breeder number(s).
  • Any vaccination detail, the name and address of the vet who desexed the dog/cat (if desexed), and any other vet treatment the animal has received.
  • Name and address of the microchipper, microchip number and date of procedure, and registries the microchip information is stored on.
  • Any vet exemptions from microchipping or desexing.
  • Details of any known illness or medical condition.
  • For dogs, any control order on the dog.

2. Advertisements for the sale of a dog or cat must contain certain information.

  • Name and phone number of the seller.
  • Name and phone number of breeder(s) and their DACO (Dogs and Cats Online) breeder number(s).

3. All dogs and cats must be microchipped and their details entered on Dogs and Cats Online.

  • Dogs and cats must be microchipped before sale, and must in any event be microchipped before 12 weeks of age.
  • Details of the cat or dog and the microchip must be entered into Dogs and Cats Online.
  • A vet can exempt a dog/cat from microchipping on health and wellbeing grounds.

4. All dogs and cats must be desexed by 6 months (if they were born after 1 July 2018) and have this detail entered on Dogs and Cats Online.

  • Dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age (although earlier desexing is recommended for kittens) and within 28 days of purchase, whichever is later.
  • Details of the desexing procedure must be entered into the dog/cat’s record in Dogs and Cats Online.
  • Dogs and cats can be sold entire if they are: under 6 months of age; born before 1 July 2018; or owned by breeders registered with Dogs and Cats Online.
  • A vet may exempt a dog/cat on health and wellbeing grounds, or provide an extension of time.
  • Other exemptions may apply in certain circumstances.

5. All dogs are to be registered with the council where they reside, on Dogs and Cats Online.

  • All dogs over 3 months of age must be registered within the council in which they reside, and their details entered on Dogs and Cats Online.
  • If ownership changes, the dog/cat must be transferred to the new owner in Dogs and Cats Online.

6. All cats must be registered with the council where they reside, on Dogs and Cats Online.

  • Cats are registered by their microchip number.

  • Some councils charge a cat registration fee. 

7. Any person who sells a dog or cat they’ve bred must be a registered Dogs and Cats Online breeder.

  • If you sell a dog or cat you’ve bred, you must be registered as a breeder in Dogs and Cats Online and pay the breeder registration fee.
  • Breeders are allocated a lifetime ‘DACO’ (Dogs and Cats Online) breeder registration number. It appears on the renewal notice for your dog/cats council registration, or you can log on to Dogs and Cats Online to retrieve your number.
  • The breeder registration fee applies from 1 July to 30 June each year. Dogs and Cats Online breeder registration payment is only required in the year(s) you sell dogs/cats you have bred.

8. The seller transfers the dog/cat to the buyer in Dogs and Cats Online, and the buyer accepts the transfer.

  • If you are selling a dog/cat you need to transfer its microchip number to the buyer in Dogs and Cats Online, and provide the microchip number to the buyer.
  • Sellers must obtain the buyers correct details (checking spelling of names, email addresses and telephone numbers) to ensure the details are correct in Dogs and Cats Online.
  • The buyer must complete the transfer in Dogs and Cats Online and keep their details up to date.

These new laws are designed to simplify the dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.

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