Buying and Selling Pets

Information on the rules and regulations to consider when buying or selling a dog, cat or any other animal in Germany...

Anyone looking for a pet can always approach one of the many rescue centres (Tierheim). They usually have plenty of animals for re-homing. Animals in rescue centres are almost always have up-to-date vaccinations.

It is also possible to go direct to a breeder or to a pet shop. Animals are not normally sold to children. Animals are also often advertised for sale or "wanted" adverts placed on the Internet or in newspapers.

Anyone who is no longer able to look after an animal must re-home it or take it to a rescue centre or shelter. It is against the law to abandon a pet.