USDA Provides Guidance to Breeders and Dealers Who Use Cage Cards

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USDA Animal Care has created a tech note for commercial breeders and dealers who use cage cards to satisfy recordkeeping requirements and/or identify their puppies and kittens.


Animal Welfare Act regulations require USDA-licensed breeders and dealers to keep records on all dogs and cats in their possession. For puppies and kittens under 16 weeks of age, we allow breeders and dealers to maintain these records on APHIS Form 7005 (Record of Acquisition of Dogs and Cats on Hand) or on cage cards placed on the animals’ primary enclosure.


For those breeders and dealers who prefer using cage cards, this new tech note will explain what information is needed on the cards, how long the cards should be kept and where they should be located.


We’ve posted the tech note here on our website.



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