Choose the adoption option and help shut down puppy factories

As the weather warms up, and the holiday season approaches, many families welcome a new puppy into their home. RSPCA South Australia urges people to choose the adoption option, and help shut down puppy factories.

As shocking as it is, puppy factories (also known as puppy farms) still exist in Australia. In these facilities, puppies and their mothers are often kept in overcrowded and filthy conditions, and forced to eat, sleep, go to the toilet, and give birth all in one confined space. Puppy factories fail to meet dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs.

Tragically, with every puppy that is sold from puppy factories, there is a mother left behind. Trapped in a constant cycle of pregnancy, abuse and neglect.

RSPCA is calling for help from the community to shut down puppy factories once and for all.

4 ways to help shut down puppy factories

When looking for a new puppy…

  1. Choose the adoption option & visit your local RSPCA or responsible rescue first.
  2. Can’t find the right rescue puppy? Find a responsible breeder and visit their property.
  3. Ensure the breeder provides a high standard of care for the puppy’s mother and father.
  4. If you suspect you’re dealing with a puppy farmer, make a cruelty report on 1300 4 777 22, or at

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Puppy factory red flags

  • The seller refuses to allow you to visit their property or meet the puppy’s mother
  • The seller requests to meet in a public space
  • The seller claims they are selling puppies on behalf of a third party
  • The seller tries to sell you sick, un-vaccinated and/or very young puppies (less than 8 weeks)

South Australia’s new dog and cat management laws

The new dog and cat laws, together with a new code of practice for dog and cat breeders and traders that will come into effect from 1st August 2017, will help to provide some assurance that puppies bred and made available for sale under acceptable conditions. However, while these changes to legislation will help in the fight against irresponsible breeders and puppy farms, the onus remains on buyers to be vigilant when checking the integrity of a breeder. Find out more about these new laws and regulations.

All images supplied by and used with the permission of RSPCA Victoria.