• Hannah Phillips

New Laws for our Furry Friends in SA

South Australian pet owners and animal breeders are being encouraged to learn the new dog and cat laws before they are introduced to the state on July 1.

The changes have come after a long public consultation process which began in 2014, and has spanned almost 4 years to ensure the new management of dogs and cats is done to the best standard.

The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 has been amended and the new dog and cat management regulations to be introduced are the biggest changes in over a century in South Australia, since the introduction of dog registration.

The new laws will come in to place on 1 July 2018 and include:

  • Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs by 12 weeks of age.

  • Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018 by 6 months of age. Exemptions apply.

  • Introduction of a statewide database, called Dogs and Cats Online. Dogs and Cats Online is central online database for dog and cat microchip details, registration payments and breeder registration. Dogs and Cats Online will replace South Australia’s 68 council dog and cat registers. Pet owners will be able to renew their dog registration via Dogs and Cats Online from July.

  • Dog and cat breeders and sellers will be required to register with the Dogs and Cats Online. They will then be issued with an official Breeder Registration Number, which is to be included in all ads for the sale dogs and cats.

These new laws aim to simplify the dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms, and reduce euthanasia rates.

For more information visit www.dogandcatboard.com.au.

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