PIAA Pet Industry News, October 12
Petstores will help to reduce the number of abandoned dogs euthanised each year with a major industry policy being rolled out across the country.
With reference to tonight’s SBS Insight program on pet kill rates, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) says the pet industry is working hard with bodies like the RSPCA to reduce the number of dogs euthanized.
The PIAA’s Dogs Lifetime Guarantee Policy on Traceability and Re‐homing has just taken effect in NSW, in partnership with the RSPCANSW, with launches in other states soon to follow. This policy guarantees any dog purchased from a PIAA
member that is subsequently abandoned by its owner will be re‐homed and saved from euthanasia.
PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said consumers can now be confident that by buying a dog or puppy from a PIAA member store, they are helping to save many dogs from being put down. “We see our association has an important role to play in this area of animal welfare, with this policy showing that responsible pet stores are part of the solution towards more humane treatment of
our pets,” Mr Perkins said.
The PIAA Dogs Lifetime Guarantee Policy on Traceability and Re‐homing requires that all PIAA member‐sold dogs are microchipped before sale.
PIAA are leading industry change by working with State Governments where this is not compulsory, including in SA and WA, to convince them of its merits. Mr Perkins said: “Microchipping is necessary to trace the ownership of a dog. If the current
registered owner of a dog cannot be found by a pound or animal shelter, and the chain of ownership shows the dog was originally purchased from a PIAA store, we will arrange for the dog to be picked up and cared for until it can be re‐homed.”
This policy also guarantees that prospective owners can be assured that dogs purchased from PIAA member stores are sourced from PIAA approved breeders who meet legal and animal welfare standards and whose operations are subject to an independent audit by a veterinarian each year.
PIAA patron Dr Harry Cooper said the PIAA should be congratulated for implementing this policy. “It sets a high bar for everyone else in the industry when it comes to animal welfare and caring for dogs beyond the point of sale.
The PIAA has taken a real leadership position that gives consumers confidence when deciding where to buy a puppy,” Dr Cooper said.