In order to keep pace with the modern marketplace and to ensure that animals sold via the Internet or other non-traditional methods receive humane care and treatment, USDA changed the Animal Welfare Act regulations by revising its definition of retail pet store.. Materials are posted on this webpage in an effort to provide all interested parties with pertinent information. We encourage you to please read through these materials in order to: 1) gain a better understanding of this regulation change; 2) learn the reasons that prompted the change; and 3) see if you need a USDA license or if you are exempt from licensing.
November 7 – Am I Regulated under USDA’s Retail Pet Store Rule?
November 14 – How will USDA Implement the Retail Pet Store Rule?
November 21 – What is USDA’s Inspection Process in a Home?
At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do.