Policies for Breeders

  1. If the advertisement is for a cat or dog then the animal should be microchipped before sale or transfer and the microchip number should be stated in the advertisement. Microchip numbers should be provided in all advertisements nationally regardless of whether mandatory microchipping requirements exist in that particular area.
    Breeder’s contact details should be permanently recorded on a recognized microchip register prior to sale or transfer. Microchipping documentation should be provided to the buyer to confirm this.
  2. Breeders should allow potential buyers to visit the place where the animal was bred to meet the mother animal (and father, if he’s around).
  3. Breeders should provide their government registration/license/permit details to buyers, where this applies in their local council area. Requirements can vary between regions.
  4. If the breeder is ‘registered’ as a member of a non-government association e.g. Canine council, they should provide their membership details to buyers. This should be in addition to the above requirements.

Unregistered breeders

A pricing limit of $500 per pet advertised for adoption/sale applies to any unregistered breeder or private advertiser. The price must be stated in the ad. Unregistered breeders/owners are NOT permitted to use the ’Please Contact’ price option in their pets ads.

Ensure your advertisement isn’t breaching any applicable laws. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that their advertisement adheres to the HWC Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. It is a condition of your use of HWC, specified under our Terms of Use, that you will not violate any laws.

Please make sure you are complying with all local and national laws as there are many specific, localized regulations. Please check with your local council, regulatory and any other relevant industry groups for any specific policies, rules and/or regulations about the sale of pets in your area.