Animal Management

Registrations portal

The Dogs and Cats Online system is a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping and breeder information.  Dogs and Cats Online has replaced the 68 individual council dog and cat registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7, including on mobile devices.

Dogs and Cats Online has been developed to allow pet owners to instantly update registration or microchip details if you move house or change phone number, and pay your annual council registration fees.

Dogs and Cats Online will also assist councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting losts pets with their owners.

To make a payment you need to use the Dogs and Cats Online system, go to dogsandcatsonline, click "Renew Registration" and enter the renewal code and your surname as provided on the front of your Registration Renewal notice.

Animal Management

Animal Management Plan

View current  Plan of Management relating to Dogs and Cats


From the 1st of July 2018, all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon:

  • before it is 6 months of age; or
  • within 28 days after the owner takes possession of the dog or cat; or
  • if the owner of a dog or cat is granted an extension of time, before the day specified in the exemption.

There are exemptions for desexing prescribed in the Act and in the Regulations:

  • 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
  • dogs and cats born before 1 July 2018 do not have to be desexed
  • 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)
  • Board exemption


From 1 July 2018, all dogs and cats must be mircochipped.

Owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.  This includes dogs and cats that are more than 12 weeks of age on 1 July 2018.

Owners are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous discounted microchipping days throughout the state.  Visit for upcoming dates, locations and to make a booking.  Alternatively, contact your local vet.

Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification of your dog or cat.


There are new laws regulating the breeding and sale of dogs and cats.  These changes are designed to weed out unscrupulous breeders from the industry.

The most important changes to the law are:

  • breeders and sellers must adhere to the new South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals, from 1 August 2017.
  • If you are a breeder and seller and you intend to sell a dog or cat after 1 July 2018, you must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board.
  • You must not sell a dog or cat unless it has been desexed (by 6 months of age) and microchipped (by 12 weeks of age) in accordance with the Act.
  • If you are a breeder and sell any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog or cat must include your contact details and breeder registration number and provide the buyer with specific information
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