The USDA/APHIS rule will go into effect November 18, 2013.

There is a good page here for more information courtesy of the National Animal Information Alliance, including a place where you can write to the USDA to make your own voice heard. Please note that while this information uses "dog", it states clearly that cat breeders are also affected equally by this law:

I have removed all shipping information from listings as of last month, and have tried to keep up with various listers' requests for changed language in regard to shipping. However, there is another matter you will need to attend to on your own: your own cattery website, and anywhere else other than the FBRL you choose to advertise. I have heard from many of you that other advertisers are not being proactive about this, which means you will need to monitor your own advertising carefully.


Suggested disclaimer for those with cattery websites:

If you do have a cattery website, you will probably want to put up some kind of disclaimer about the APHIS rule in the next few weeks. The statement below comes from the Pet-law list ( You can use it or change it however you want so it says what you want it to say. Please feel free to cut and paste it into your own website.


Big thanks to Ellen Crockett for passing this on to me, so I can pass it along to you.


Beginning November 18, 2013, I will be joining a very large number of breeders across the U.S. in no longer shipping pets. Due to a change in Department of Agriculture regulations for pet breeders that the USDA itself has interpreted in contradictory ways, it is impossible for most persons who sell pets to know whether it is legal to ship a pet that the buyer has not seen in person. Violations of this rule carry severe penalties. For our safety, ALL sales must take place face to face.

This ruling is going to seriously curtail the choice of those wishing to buy the pet of their choice unless you are willing to travel to your breeder of choice regardless of distance. As written this will also affect service animals being made available to those in need.

While we do understand the need to stop those who don't properly care for their animals, and who knowingly sell sick kittens and puppies, we already have existing state and federal laws for those issues.


If you would like to help us fight this bad choice of regulation policy, please contact me or your breeder of choice to see what you can do to help. It is YOUR right to be able to buy a cat or kitten from whoever you choose and to pick it up personally or have your cat or kitten shipped to you or to meet your breeder at a mutually agreed upon place to save you travel and expense. However, you only have that right if it remains OUR right to offer those choices.