Pet Store Disclosure Law

Sign from ProtestIn 2010, Illinois passed the Pet Store Disclosure Law, setting forth the information that a pet store is required to disclose to the consumer about each puppy offered for sale.

Illinois pet stores must disclose the following for every dog or cat available for sale:

This information must be displayed in a conspicuous place in writing on or near the cage. The pet store also must provided it to the customer in written form. If this information is not displayed on or near the cage, please let us know and report the pet store to the Illinois Department of Agriculture at agr.pio@illinois.gov or 217-782.6657.

  • The retail sale price of the dog or cat, including any additional fees or charges
  • The breed, age, date of birth, sex, and color of the dog or cat
  • A record of vaccinations and veterinary care and treatment
  • The details of any inoculation or medical treatment that the dog or cat received while under the possession of the pet shop operator
  • The name and business address of both the dog or cat breeder and the facility where the dog or cat was born, and the breeder’s Illinois Department of Agriculture license number and USDA license number (which they should have – in order to sell to a pet store in Illinois, the breeder must be licensed in Illinois and with the USDA)
  • Any known congenital or hereditary diseases of the parents of the dog or cat, or the parents’ other offspring
  • The name and registration numbers of the sire or dam and the address where they are registered, if applicable
  • If the dog or cat was returned by a customer, then the date and reason for the return
  • The following written statement: “A copy of our policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns is available upon request”
  • The pet store’s Illinois Department of Agriculture license number

Breeders (defined under Illinois law as “dog dealers”) must disclose the following for every dog or cat available for sale:

  • The age, sex, and weight of the animal
  • The breed of the animal
  • A record of vaccinations and veterinary care and treatment
  • A record of surgical sterilization or lack of sterilization
  • The name and address of the breeder of the animal
  • The name and address of any other person who owned or harbored the animal between its birth and the point of sale

Animal shelters and animal control facilities must disclose the following information on dogs and cats available for adoption: 

  • The breed, age, date of birth, sex, and color of the dog or cat if known, or if unknown, the shelter or animal control facility must estimate to the best of its ability
  • The details of any inoculation or medical treatment that the dog or cat received while under the possession of the animal control facility
  • The adoption fee and any additional fees or charges
  • If the dog or cat was returned by an adopter, then the date and reason for the return
  • The following written statement: “A copy of our policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns is available upon request”
  • The license number of the animal shelter or animal control facility issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture