Pets and Animals Advertising Policy
FreeClassifieds' Pets and Animals Policy is approved by the RSPCA and based on the RSPCA’s policies. The Pets section on FreeClassifieds.com.au helps the community find safe, good, caring homes for pets and animals. All advertisements placed in the Pets category must comply with the FreeClassifieds.com.au Pets and Animals Policy.
Where possible, FreeClassifieds encourages the adoption of pets, desexing and we require all pet owners to have their animals vaccinated, microchipped and vet checked before advertising on the site, even though some states in Australia don't require some of these by law. If you disagree with these policies and post your ad ignoring them, your ad will be removed, reported and your access to the site may be cancelled.
For advice on responsible pet ownership, please refer to the RSPCA Australia knowledgebase. Users are responsible for adhering to the applicable conditions in relation to adopting, buying, selling or listing of an ad on Free Classifieds. The FreeClassifieds.com.au Pets category is NOT intended to facilitate irresponsible commercial pet trading, uncontrolled or irresponsible breeding, the trading of dogs, cats, birds or any other pet or animal for the purpose of fighting or stud services. Any ads which are reported to us for this kind of activity will be removed and reported immediately. FreeClassifieds.com.au are community focused and rely on your feedback to help police the site and keep it safe. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal or suspect animal cruelty contact your local RSPCA Inspectorate and notify FreeClassifieds. There is a “Report Ad” button on every ad posted, where you can notify us of any animal welfare concerns or suspected unsafe or uncontrolled breeding practices. Please provide us with all the information you have about the ad, including the ad ID number, the email address, phone number of the advertiser and the reasons why you suspect the advertiser to be breaking the law or any of our policies, so we can review the ad, then remove and report it if necessary.
Advertising reptiles (snakes, crocodiles, turtles and lizards) and amphibians (frogs and toads) is prohibited by law in NSW. The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water state that advertising to buy or sell reptiles is prohibited. You may only advertise in newsletters of the reptile or frog keeper association’s of which you are a member.
If you are selling a reptile you must ensure the buyer has a valid licence to own that breed of reptile, as many reptiles require a licence for ownership. As licensing laws can vary from state to state, please ensure that you act within your state’s legislation to avoid prosecution.
Free Classifieds believe it's important for pet adopters, along with buyers and sellers to read our Pets and Animals Policy, to identify and report pet owners who are breaking the law to us and the relevant authorities. In our commitment to responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, we have the following Pet and Animal policies. Policies for ALL ad posters:
- 1. All ad posters must abide by applicable laws including local, state and federal laws.
- 2. Although not required by some states, dogs and cats advertised for adoption or sale on FreeClassifieds.com.au must be vaccinated, microchipped and vet checked. Documentation should be available to confirm this. Please follow these rules and your ad will not be removed or your account cancelled. If you are a buyer and notice an ad breaking these rules please notify us via the “Report Ad” button found on the ad.
- 3. Although not required by some states, all dog and cat advertisements must include the full microchip number for each animal advertised. Documentation should be available to confirm this. Please notify us via the “Report Ad” button found on the ad if you notice an ad breaking our policy and/or the law.
4. All ads must state both the date of birth and age of the animal. Animals must be of a certain age before they are adoptable or available for rehoming. However, you may still post an ad prior to the animal being 8 weeks of age.
- Dogs and Cats: should be at least 8 weeks of age
- Rabbits: should be at least 6 weeks of age
- Rats, Mice and Guinea Pigs: should be at least 4 weeks of age
- Birds: must be fully feathered and self sufficient
- Ferrets: should be at least 10 weeks of age
- Pets with docked tails cannot be advertised on FreeClassifieds.com.au as this practice is prohibited.
- 5. Holding deposits are not allowed
Policies for Breeders
- 1. All breeders must abide by applicable laws including local, state and federal laws.
- 2. If the advertisement is for a cat or dog then the animal needs to be microchipped prior to sale or transfer and the microchip number must be stated in the advertisement. The breeder’s contact details should be permanently recorded on a recognised microchip register prior to sale or transfer. Documentation should be available to confirm this.
- 3. Dogs and cats advertised for adoption or sale on FreeClassifieds.com.au must be vaccinated and vet checked. Documentation should be available to confirm this.
- 4. Breeders should provide their government registration/permit details where this applies in their state/local council area.
- 5. If the breeder is registered as a member of a non-government association e.g. State Canine Association they should provide their membership details. This should be in addition to the above requirements.
- 6. Breeders must provide a high standard of care for all of their animals. Living conditions must meet the animals’ physiological, social and behavioural needs.
- 7. Breeding programs must be based on veterinary advice. Breeding females should have reached full physical development prior to breeding and should not be bred on her first heat. The same female should not breed more than once a year as this is considered unhealthy. Breeding females should not have more than six litters in her entire lifetime.
Below are some useful links to help you ensure you are meeting your responsibilities as a pet owner in your state:
- RSPCA - All States and Territories
- Animal Welfare in Australia
- Information about Microchipping - Laws on mandatory microchipping vary from state to state, the RSPCA provide information on this via this link.
- Information about Desexing - Desexing laws vary greatly from state to state and council to council, please contact your local Government or council to find out what your responsibilities are.
- Animal Welfare Legislation - ACT
- Animal Welfare Legislation - NSW
- Animal Welfare Legislation - NT
- Animal Welfare Legislation - QLD
- Animal Welfare Legislation - SA
- Animal Welfare Legislation - TAS
- Animal Welfare Legislation - WA
- Animal Welfare Legislation - VIC
The following dog breeds are prohibited from being advertised on FreeClassifieds.com.au
- 1. American Pit Bull Terrier
- 2. Dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dog)
- 3. Fila Brasileiro
- 4. Japanese Toza
- 5. Perro de Presa Canario
- 6. Pit Bull Terrier
Tips for Adopting or Buying a Pet or Animal on FreeClassifieds.com.au
- 1. Arrange to meet the seller and the pet at the place where the animal lives to check you’re happy with the living conditions. Don’t buy from a seller who is not prepared to show you where the animal is currently living.
2. If you are buying a young animal such as a puppy or kitten, make sure you visit the place where the animal was born and meet the mother animal (and father too, if he’s around) to check they’re happy and healthy. This is important to make sure you are not buying from a puppy farm or an irresponsible breeder. As FreeClassifieds.com.au is a local website, this should be simple to arrange.
Check out the online interactive RSPCA Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide and RSPCA Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer’s Guide for useful advice. Be aware that some breeders may sell animals from a ‘fake’ house as a shop front so you can’t see the bad conditions animals are kept in. Puppy farming is a major animal welfare issue in Australia. So make sure you really are seeing the place where the animal was born and where the mother animal usually lives.
- 3. If you’re buying a cat or dog they should be microchipped, vaccinated and vet checked prior to purchase (documentation should be provided to confirm this). If you’re buying a young animal such as a puppy or kitten from a breeder then the breeder’s contact details should be permanently recorded on a recognised microchip register prior to sale or transfer. This enables the breeder to be traced from the dog or cat’s microchip details.
- 4. Be aware of other serious animal welfare problems that can be associated with breeding including inherited diseases, inbreeding and exaggerated physical features. For more information about these problems see the RSPCA Australia knowledgebase.
5. If the seller is a breeder, check that they are meeting all legal requirements. Requirements for dog and cat breeders can vary from state to state, but it’s a good idea to call the relevant local council and ask whether breeders have to be registered with them and if there is a code of practice/guidelines that they should be following. If the answer’s yes, you can ask the breeder for their registration (council) details and what guidelines they follow. If the breeder is a member of an association such as a state canine association you can also ask them for their membership details.
However, remember that being ‘registered’ does not necessarily mean that a breeder is a good breeder. You need to ask the right questions and visit the breeding place and meet the mother animal to properly screen them and to make sure they are a responsible breeder and not a puppy farmer.
Also remember that puppy farms produce all kinds of puppies for sale, purebreds, crossbred and mixed-breed dogs, so you cannot judge whether a dog has been bred in a puppy farm based on the breed or type of dog. Under current regulations, the only way for a buyer to know for sure is to visit the place in which the puppies were bred.
- 6. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal or suspect animal cruelty please contact your local RSPCA Inspectorate and report it to FreeClassifieds.
- 7. For tips and advice when considering adopting or buying a pet, please refer to the The RSPCA Australia knowledgebase which has detailed information about pet ownership. You can also talk to your local RSPCA for advice on caring for your new Pet.
- 8. Once you have done your homework and decided to buy the pet or animal, meet the seller and the animal at the place where the animal lives/was bred and arrange payment.
Information about Responsible Pet Ownership and General Pet Care can be found at the RSPCA website via this link.
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