Retail Pet Store Regulation

Retail Pet Store Regulation

USDA has changed the Animal Welfare Act regulations by revising its definition of retail pet store 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 Animal Care has posted several materials 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.

At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do. 


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At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do.