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Dog and Cat law changes 

New laws for cat and dog owners and breeders will soon be introduced in South Australia. The improved dog and cat management and welfare system follows planning and public consultation by the Dog and Cat Management Board and the State Government. Click here to view our Dog and Cat Online FAQs.

Compulsory desexing

All dogs and cats born after 1 July, 2018, must be desexed by a certain age (unless exempted under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995). 

Compulsory microchipping

From 1 July, 2018, it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped, including existing dogs and cats.
If your dog is microchipped before renewing your 2017/18 registration, provide the City of Playford with the relevant information and you will be eligible for the additional rebate upon your animal’s registration.

Discount microchipping

Discount microchipping days occur throughout the year, so visit, or your local vet for more details.

Registering online

From 1 July, 2018, visit Dogs and Cats Online to register your dog. Prior to this date, visit for more details.

To prepare for DACO, update your contact details, mobile number and email address by calling the Customer Care Line (8256 0333) or visit our customer service portal and select ‘Change of Address’. 

If you are registering your dog prior to the introduction of the new laws, to learn more about the current process, please visit our Dog Registrations page.

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