Stop Puppy Farming

Dogs are an important part of many Western Australian families and promoting responsible dog ownership and the future health and welfare of dogs is a key priority for the State Government.

The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 was not passed by the Legislative Council before Parliament was prorogued. There are no further sittings of the Parliament until after the State election in March 2021.  

In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, the following continues to apply:

  • Dog de-sexing is not mandatory, except for dangerous dogs.
  • Dog breeders and dog owners are not required to be registered to breed from their dog.
  • Each local government continues to hold registration information on dogs and cats in their district.
  • Pet shops can continue to supply dogs and puppies in store.
  • Pet greyhounds are required to be muzzled when in a public place, unless they have successfully completed a prescribed training program (undertaken by Racing and Wagering Western Australia) and issued with a green collar. 

Puppy farming is defined as an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs. It can be a small scale or large scale dog breeding operation.

The department, in partnership with the local government sector and industry stakeholders, released a consultation paper on the State Government’s proposals to stop puppy farming in 2018.

The results of the consultation are available in the Stop Puppy Farming Community Consultation Report.

The department will continue to provide updates on stop puppy farming initiatives via the news pages on this website. 

Adopt Don't Shop

Puppy with a Santa hatWestern Australians are being urged to 'Adopt Don't Shop' and give rescued dogs a second chance by adopting a new household pet.

It is estimated that between 4000 to 5000 dogs are rehomed each year by rehoming organisations and local government pounds.

By adopting a dog, Western Australians can help to reduce the burden on these organisations and ensure a better life for our companion animals.

Currently, the State Government provides annual funding to various animal rescue and shelter organisations to support the rescue and re-homing of dogs.

For more information on where you can adopt a pet, contact:

Dogs' Refuge Home WA, Shenton Park

Telephone 61 8 9381 8166

RSPCA WA, Malaga  

Telephone 61 8 9209 9300

Animal Protection Society, Southern River

Telephone 61 8 9398 6616

Swan Animal Haven, Wattle Grove

Telephone 61 8 9293 2047
Telephone 0498 235 680

K9 Rescue Group, Nambeelup

Telephone 61 8 9581 9005

SAFE Animal Shelters, WA-wide

For contact details of a relevant branch, visit their website

Page reviewed 06 May 2019