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NSW Government Animal Welfare Code of Practice

Section 9 Transfer of Ownership


The transfer of ownership of animals should be used to promote socially responsible pet ownership, and to reduce the destruction of companion animals.

9.1.1 Standards Puppies and kittens must not be re-homed before they are 8 weeks of age. Dogs and cats must not be re-homed to people less than 18 years of age. No dog or puppy, cat or kitten may be sold unless vaccinated in compliance with the requirements of Section 8.2 of this code. All dogs and cats re-homed must be microchipped, and treated to remove gastrointestinal parasites prior to release. No dog or cat suspected of being sick, injured or diseased may be sold under any circumstances. At the time of purchase, clients must be offered accurate written information at no charge which concerns the care of animals purchased. If within three days a dog or cat is not acceptable to the purchaser for any reason, the breeder is required to take the dog or cat back and refund 50% of the purchase price of the animal. This guarantee must be provided in writing to the purchaser at the point of sale.

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