Victorian Pet Exchange Register launched

Victorians can now find out where their pet comes through a new online database called the Pet Exchange Register, which launched on 1 July 2019.

Any person or business who is advertising to sell or give away a dog, cat, puppy or kitten must now obtain a source number from the Pet Exchange Register (PER). 

It is now an offence to advertise a dog or cat without a microchip number and PER source number. This offence would apply to both the advertiser and the publisher of the non-compliant advertisement.

Veterinary practitioners play a vital role in promoting responsible dog and cat breeding, and can support the Pet Exchange Register initiative by:

  • advising people who sell or rehome animals to register on the Pet Exchange Register and quote their source number alongside the microchip number on all dog or cat adverts, and 
  • encouraging anyone who is choosing a new pet to check the validity of the advertiser by searching for the quoted source number on the Pet Exchange Register.

View more information about the Pet Exchange Register at http://animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Flyers and other promotional materials can be requested by [email protected].