License Conditions on the Display and Sale of Dogs and Cats

On December 30, 2013, AVA (Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority) announced that there will be new licensing conditions on the selling of dogs, cats and rabbits effective in January 1, 2014. The new licensing conditions state that selling of dogs, cats and rabbits are not allowed to any individual below 16. Children below 16 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians to purchase a pet.

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Apart from that, pet shop owners should perform mandatory screening for every transaction. This screening is effective to identify and assess if the customer is a suitable pet owner before he/she actually makes the purchase. The assessment is important to curb the cases of impulsive buying and abandoning. The retailer and the buyer should complete the PPD (Pet Purchase Declaration) form provided by AVA.

If you are the pet shop owner, you should observe and practice the new licensing conditions mentioned above. Here are other license conditions:

Regulation

The pet shop owner should provide proper documentation for their dogs and cats. They should document the date of arrival, medical history, vaccination, date of booking and release. The pet shop owner should provide microchip for dogs and cats; they must always bring their scanner to validate the identity of the dog or cat. The breeding and boarding should not be done on the shop. The pet shop owner should know the dog breeds that are not allowed to be sold and displayed here in Singapore.

Housing

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AVA needs to know that the housing arrangements for dogs and cats are comfortable. The length of the cage should be twice the length of a dog or cat. The width of the cage should be 1 ½ times the length of a dog or cat. As for the height, it should be enough to allow room for the dog or cat to stand comfortably. The flooring should give comfort and support. More importantly, the cage should be kept clean and dry at all times.

Healthcare

Dogs and cats sold should be vaccinated. Pet shop owners should provide a vaccination card upon purchase together with other documentation made by a veterinarian to ensure that dogs and cats are healthy. If the animal is nursing or pregnant, they should not be displayed. More importantly, clean drinking water should be given.

Do not attempt to avoid the conditions because it will be at your own risk. When you display and sell dogs and cats, you have to get license first from the AVA. Getting license is imperative under the Animals and Birds Rules of 2004. The license should be renewed every year.

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