Owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale (which ever occurs first). This includes dogs and cats that were more than 12 weeks of age on 1 July 2018.
Veterinarians may exempt an animal for medical reasons.
Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification for your dog or cat.
Owners now have 24/7 access to Dogs and Cats Online and can update their details should they move, change phone number or their dog or cat becomes lost or deceased. There is no cost to enter or update microchip details on Dogs and Cats Online.
Dogs and Cats Online will be the South Australia microchip registry for dogs and cats. Microchip implanters must enter the microchip details into the statewide database. Owners can complete the microchip registration on Dogs and Cats Online following implantation and continue to maintain the register should any of their details change.
Councils offer a registration rebate for ‘standard dogs’, which is a dog that is both microchipped and desexed.
Some councils have cat by-laws and cat registration. Cat owners should check requirements with their local council.