Dogs are great companions and lifelong friends. Dog ownership is extremely rewarding and has also been associated with healthy living and overall life enjoyment. To ensure you can continue to enjoy your furry companions for a long time please see below information on responsible dog ownership.
All dogs over the age of 3 months are required to be registered and then re-registered each year by the 31 August. If you adopt a dog older than 3 months of age it is required to be registered two weeks after becoming the owner.
The registered owner of a dog must be over the age of 16.
Changes to Dog Registration
New laws for cat and dog owners will come into effect on 1 July 2018.
- 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 State-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online.
These new laws and rules 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.
For more information regarding the changes visit www.dogandcatboard.com.au
Dogs and Cats Online
From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online will be the central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats and registration payments. Dogs and Cats Online will also be the register of breeders.
Existing dog owners should receive a renewal notice in the mail during July 2018 with their dog’s new lifetime registration disc (replacing the annual disc) and instructions on how to complete their annual dog registration on Dog and Cats Online. If you do not receive a renewal notice for your dog, please contact council.
From 1 July, owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. Veterinarians may exempt an animal for medical reasons. Owners are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous discount microchipping days throughout the state. Visit www.chipblitz.com for upcoming dates, locations and to make a booking. Alternatively, contact your local vet.
All Dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age or 28 days after purchase by the owner (whichever is the later). Working livestock dogs are not required to be desexed under the Act, however, however they will still need to be microchipped.
People who breed dogs and cats for sale after 1 July 2018 must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder. Your breeder registration number must be included in all advertisements for a dogs and cats. There are new requirements to disclose the breeder registration number and other information to the buyer at the point of sale. All breeders are required to follow the new industry standards and guidelines.