Pet shops and dealers in England will be banned from selling puppies and kittens under government plans.
The proposals, which have gone out to consultation, will mean those wanting to buy or adopt a pet less than six months old will have to go to the breeder or a rescue centre.
A ban on licensed sellers dealing in dogs and cats less than eight weeks old is already coming in on 1 October.
Campaigners welcomed the announcement, but warned of "potential loopholes".
The ban aims to reduce the health problems associated which emerge when animals are reared in poor conditions.
If you are considering bringing a furry friend into your home & family, PLEASE consider rehoming / adopting.