Stop proposed law in WA banning sale of puppies in pet stores.

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If you love your puppy purchased from All About Pups and would like the chance to purchase another puppy in the future, please read on. The WA government is considering banning the sale of puppies from pet stores. They will only allow pet stores to sell rescue dogs from shelters. This will not only destroy the livelihood of the businesses and the staff they employ but:

  • Force puppy sales and breeding underground and so lead to little or no policing of welfare standards.
  • Force prospective owners to purchase puppies online, sight unseen, with no control over the seller's welfare standards and no warranty or guarantee available to the purchaser.
  • Future pet owners will have a much diminished capacity to purchase the type of dog they require in WA, especially "designer hybrids" such as Labradoodles, Cavoodles, Spoodles etc, because local dog breeders generally adhere to breeding purebreeds and of a limited range and number.
  • Force up the price of puppies making it very attractive business proposition for uncontrolled, backyard breeders.

Pet stores are the best choice for the control of welfare standards for puppy sales as they are out in the open and must comply with any welfare or other legislation that is imposed, unlike backyard breeders who sell from car parks and online with no warranty, guarantee or vet cover for illness in the post purchase period. They are all for the government's plans for the control of dog breeding and would like to work with them to ensure welfare standards are upheld in pet stores in WA but don't believe banning the sale of pups from them is the answer.

There is an underlying suggestion that all pet stores source their pups from breeders that have poor welfare standards as in the so-called "puppy farms". All About Pups ( and source puppies from reputable breeders that are regularly inspected for registration with either the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders ( or the Pet Industry Association of Australia ( which ensures these breeders meet high standards of welfare. The irony is that by stopping pet stores selling puppies it will likely promote poorly controlled breeders to proliferate as they meet the demand vacuum created by this ban.

To provide some background, All About Pups (formerly ACA Pups) has been providing high quality puppies to Perth since 1999. We, like the majority of puppy outlets in Perth, are committed to ensuring pups are sourced from reputable breeders and welfare and health-care standards in-store are a high priority. We are a dedicated puppy outlet, not a store that sells pups as a sideline, so have made a long term commitment to ensuring puppy welfare is at the forefront of our business.

There are major problems in the suggestion that pet stores could replace puppy sales with dogs from shelters:

  • There is unlikely to be a large enough source of puppies that would be available to pet stores to meet demand, especially if the planned laws to phase in controls on breeding by non-registered breeders is effective. 
  • The majority of dog breeds making their way into shelters are working dog breeds and their crosses or Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier crosses which are not always compatible with families with young children or people in small blocks or apartments/units. These are breeds we specifically don't sell for this reason. They often have a checkered history of abuse and ill-treatment, requiring a special and highly committed owner. These are dogs rarely suited to the novice owner, the elderly or frail. Dogs that have a history of wandering and straying tend to retain this tendency and so require strong fences around the owner's property.
  • Prospective purchasers are most commonly after smaller breeds or family orientated breeds or their crosses, precisely the breeds rarely found at a shelter but most likely to be sold by a pet store. A quick perusal of our Facebook page at is all that is needed to confirm this. Also a quick check of the Shenton Park Dog's Home at shows no puppies for sale, a smattering of Terrier cross small dogs, and 95% Staffy, Pitbull, Mastiff, Kelpie, Heeler cross medium and large dogs. Not a single Pug, Cavalier, Poodle, Labrador, Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu, Bichon, Schnauzer, Maltese Terrier or cross or other small or fluffy breed that are the core breeds of family-friendly puppies that we supply to loving homes.
  • Many owners desire to experience the process of rearing a dog from a puppy so that they can ensure their dog has been brought up in a loving, caring environment and not subjected to abuse that could render a dog unpredictable. Even though dogs have temperament assessment before re-homing from shelters, this is not a guarantee of a well behaved dog once in the new owner's environment, especially if they have children or other pets.
  • Pet stores are not equipped to handle adult dogs as they are larger, noisier and need far more space and exercise than can be achieved and so their welfare would not be optimal.

While it is commendable that owners take on dogs from shelters and give them a loving home, the solution to the problem is to stop them entering them in the first place and this is through controls on indiscriminate, backyard breeding. Pets from pet stores rarely enter animal shelters and if they do, quickly find a new home. One just has to look at the profile of breeds in animal shelters to appreciate this fact.

The sale of shelter dogs in pet shops is not a viable option and the suggestion that this would allow pet stores to continue operating is false.

In summary, maintaining the sale of puppies in pet stores enables proper controls over the welfare of puppy breeding and sales. Stopping the sale of puppies from pet stores will see the industry go underground with little chance that the welfare of the puppies and the rights of the purchaser will be adequate.

We must let the WA government know that we do not want the puppy supply in WA to dry up forcing up prices and encouraging unscrupulous, unregulated breeders selling puppies to fill the void. Selling shelter dogs is not an answer - the animal shelters already do a fantastic job at this. What is needed is legislation that  mirrors the recent Cat Laws to ensure all dogs from unregistered breeders are desexed as this will have the biggest impact on the number of dogs surrendered to animal shelters. Also that the government work with those in the industry to ensure that high welfare standards are met. The current Government's proposed plan would be equivalent to banning the sale of any product because a few had a bad experience, whether it is a car, fridge or puppy.



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