This site has been provided as a convenience to assist with issues related to companion animals. Please note that the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and its regulations do not apply to many companion animal problems.
Wholesale breeders, dealers, exhibitors and research labs are covered but not small retail breeders and pet shops selling only domestic pet animals. These are usually covered by local (state, county) anti-cruelty laws. If you have concerns about a facility covered under the Act, contact APHIS Animal Care.