From 1 July 2018, new laws come into effect regarding mandatory microchipping and desexing.
There are exemptions from the new requirements prescribed in the Act and in the Regulations.
Vets may grant an exemption for microchipping or desexing based on the procedure 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.
- Dogs & cats born before the 1 July 2018 do not have to be desexed (Gazetted)
- Dogs defined as a “Working Livestock Dog” as per the definition in the Act are exempt from desexing
- Dogs belonging to Dogs SA members are exempt
- Cats belonging to a FASA or Cat Fancy of SA members are exempt
- Greyhounds currently registered to Greyhound Racing SA are exempt (retired greyhounds are not exempt)
The Board can approve exemptions for unique circumstances that are not covered by the Act. Please read the Board's policy if you are interested in seeking an exemption.
Exemption Policy and Application Form