The laws and rules include:
•Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs
•Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
•New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
•Introduction of a statewide database, called Dogs and Cats Online.
These new laws will simplify 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.
Desexing your cat is a socially responsible thing to do for a number of reasons:
It reduces territorial behaviour
It helps control your cat’s urge to wander
It reduces the likelihood of cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs
It increases the likelihood of your cat enjoying a longer and happier life
It eliminates unwanted litters of kittens
If your council requires cat registration, it may offer a discount for a desexed cat. Check with your local council.
Kittens from as young as 4 months old can become pregnant. It is important you keep you kitten confined until they are desexed.
Desexing can only be carried out by a qualified veterinary surgeon, and is a routine procedure performed under general anesthetic.
The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 defines desexing as:
desex means to permanently render an animal incapable of reproducing (and desexed has a corresponding meaning).
Vets may grant an exemption based on it posing an undue risk to the health of the dog or cat or adversely affecting the growth, development or wellbeing of the dog or cat. The exemption is logged by the Vet against the dog or cat’s record in Dogs and Cats Online. If the dog or cat has not yet been entered into Dogs and Cats Online, the Vet will create a new record.
If your cat has been desexed, but you do not have a desexing certificate or other acceptable written evidence, you will need to arrange a vet of choice to examine the animal and provide a written statement of their professional opinion in relation to the cat’s neutered status.
Visit our page on the desexing requirements from 1 July 2018.
Microchipping your cat and dog will make it easier to quickly reunite you with your pet in the event that your pet becomes lost.
It is important that you remember to update your details on Dogs and Cats Online (from 1 July 2018) if you move house or change contact details.
A microchip is a tiny electronic chip approximately the size of a rice grain which has a unique identification number. The microchip number is the link to the owner’s contact details which are held on the statewide database, Dogs and Cats Online.
The microchip functions by emitting a radiofrequency signal when energised by a scanner passing over the cat or dog. The identification number on the microchip is displayed on the scanner and can be cross-referenced with contact details held on the statewide database, Dogs and Cats Online. When a microchip number is searched, an authorised user, such as councils, vets, RSPCA and AWL, can contact the owner to ensure the pet’s safe return. It is important that the details held on Dogs and Cats Online are kept up to date.
By law, only a qualified implanter can microchip a dog or cat.
Contact your local vets to ascertain the cost of the procedure.
The Dog and Cat Management Board is a proud supporter of Chip Blitz. Chip Blitz offers $10 microchipping events at locations around South Australia. Please visit www.chipblitz.com for locations near you.
Visit our page on the microchipping requirements from 1 July 2018.