Legislation & Guidance: Companion Animals

Legislation & Guidance > Companion Animals

Here you will find the statutory legislation and relevant guidance relating to companion animal welfare. Please note the guidance is often reviewed and update by Defra – the latest review in February 2022 for which this documents are up to date.

The Cat, Dog and Equine Welfare Codes are a useful tool for public education and to help drive the principles of responsible pet ownership. We recommend local authorities highlight them to people in their area and to encourage those selling predominantly pet animals to make new owners aware of their existence.