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Pause for paws: have your say on WA’s cat and dog laws

  • State Government calls for feedback on the current cat and dog laws
  • The introduction of the Cat Act 2011 brought in mandatory sterilisation of cats and amendments to the Dog Act 1976 in 2013 included compulsory microchipping
  • The consultation period will be open for three months until August 4, 2019

Community members are invited to ‘pause for paws’ and have their say on the effectiveness of Western Australia’s cat and dog laws.

The Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 are designed to assist with the control and management of cats and dogs in WA, primarily carried out by local governments.

The cat law included mandatory microchipping and sterilisation of all cats aged six months and over, as well as registration of cats with the relevant local government.

The aim was to reduce the impact of unwanted cats on the community and environment and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Amendments to the Dog Act made in 2013 included compulsory microchipping of all dogs and stricter control of dangerous dogs to improve community safety.

The State Government is reviewing how effective these amendments have been in the control and management of cats and dogs in WA.

Local Government Minister David Templeman today released a consultation paper exploring some key issues.

To have your say, read the paper and complete the short survey at

Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:

“The State Government is committed to ensuring this important legislation is up to date and fit for purpose in the control and management of cats and dogs in Western Australia.

“From encouraging responsible pet ownership, keeping the community and other animals safe, reuniting lost pets with their owners to reducing the number of animals that are admitted to shelters and euthanised, the legislation impacts the whole community.

“We are now seeking community feedback to ensure that the operation and effectiveness of these laws meet community expectations.

“Local governments do a terrific job in administering the laws in their local communities and their feedback is also encouraged.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5400

Source: Government Of Western Australia – Media Statements – May 2019

The Rules Have Changed – New NSW Legislation From July 1  (Applicable Just for NSW)

 From 1 July 2019, people advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale or to give away in NSW will need to include an identification number in advertisements. The identification number can be either of the following:

  • microchip number
  • a breeder identification number, OR
  • a rehoming organisation number

The rules will apply to all advertisements, including those in newspapers, local posters, community notice boards and all forms of online advertising, including public advertisements on websites such as the Trading Post, Gumtree, Pets For Homes, and social media sites.

The changes have been implemented in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices.

The changes help people looking to buy a cat or dog search the NSW Pet Registry to see the animal’s:

  •  breed
  •  sex
  •  age
  •  whether it is desexed
  • whether or not it is already registered
  • whether any annual permit is in place (from 1 July 2019).

A breeder identification number search will also display any business name listed in the registry. This enables buyers to do further research and make informed purchasing decisions. It also helps to promote responsible cat and dog breeding and selling, and over time, enable enforcement agencies to use this information to identify ‘problem’ breeders to enforce animal welfare laws.

What happens if I don’t use an identification number in my advertisements?

From 1 July 2019, it will be an offence if a person does not use an identifying number in an advertisement. It will also be an offence to falsify a number.

Sellers can be issued an on-the-spot fine by an enforcement officer of $330 if they do not include an identification number in an advertisement.

Failure to display an identification number, or falsification of a number can also carry a maximum penalty of $5,500 in court.

I am a dog breeder. What information will people be able to access about the dogs I sell?

Buyers will be able to search the NSW Pet Registry to see what is recorded for the cat or dog’s breed, sex, age, whether it is desexed and whether or not it is already registered. A breeder identification number search will also display any recorded business name. Safeguards are in place to ensure personal information is protected.

People will be able to use your breeder identification number or a microchip number for an animal to search the NSW Pet Registry. They can see any publicly available information on the Registry. It is important that this information is kept up to date. Visit the NSW Pet Registry website for more information.

How to sell or rehome a cat or dog in NSW?

In simple terms;

  • Make sure the cat or dog is microchipped
  • Make sure it is registered (NSW Pet Registry)
  • Consider desexing your cat or dog
  • Advertise it for sale using an identification number
  • Make sure ownership is transferred

Source: Department of Primary Industries May 2019

Questions to Ask Breeders

Looking to purchase a cat or dog for your family? Here are some of the most common questions asked.

  1. What is the temperament like?
  2. Are they a good fit for my family requirements?
  3. How much exercise is required daily?
  4. Does this breed get along with children well?
  5. How much shedding occurs and what are the grooming requirements?
  6. When was the last worming and vaccination done?
  7. How much food to feed per day and how many times a day?
  8. What are the parents like?
  9. How big do they grow?
  10. Are they desexed or when can I desex?
  11. How often do I need to bath, comb, and groom?
  12. What premium diet do you recommend?
  13. Is there anything I should be aware of?

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Blog posts should not be relied on as purchasing advice, do your research before purchasing a cat or dog.

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We are looking for the most recommended Australian premium dog food brands for 2019.

Please share your success story or let us know your favourite brand via email or our contact form and we will add your vote to the poll below.

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Stayed Tuned RPBA Update

We have some exciting news. The RPBA is working on a new project and offers for RPBA members. Which will be launched in the coming months. Meanwhile, we apologise for any delays in response times. In February/March we had a major glitch in our email system (which we have now resolved). Please watch this space as we cannot wait to share the exciting news with you all!

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