Many SQPs are well placed to offer advice to prospective pet owners. Such advice is important; many companion animals experience health and welfare problems that can be prevented through adequate pre-purchase preparation. Pre-purchase advice can be structured in two parts – first, thinking about a prospective owner’s lifestyle and circumstances to identify potentially suitable species and breeds. Then, discussing the Five Welfare Needs to ensure these are understood and could be met for a preferred pet. Adequate pre-purchase preparation helps ensure good animal welfare, strong human-animal bonds and a sustainable future for pet-ownership.