Victorians are able to find out where their pet comes from via an online database called the Pet Exchange Register (PER).
From 1 July 2019, any person or business who advertises to sell or give away a dog, cat, puppy or kitten requires a source number from the PER. The source number will identify the source of the dog or cat, that is - the individual, breeder, business or shelter.
Victorians getting a new furry family member are encouraged to check the validity of an advertiser by searching the source number on the PER before they bring their new dog, cat, puppy or kitten home.
It is an offence to advertise the sale or giveaway of a dog or cat unless the microchip identification number of the animal and a PER source number are included in the advertisement. This applies to advertisers selling or giving away dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, as well as publishers that publish non-compliant advertisements.
For more information, visit: Animal Welfare Victoria