Microchipping and desexing

For the first time, RSPCA South Australia and Onkaparinga Council are working together to implement a targeted free cat desexing program – the largest of its kind ever in Australia – available to all residents of the Onkaparinga District. The joint program aims to spay/neuter and microchip 2,000 cats over 2 years. 

Important update about the free cat desexing program

The RSPCA's dedicated team at Lonsdale are able to spay/neuter approximately 100 cats per month under this program.

Head to the RSPCA South Australia website to make an appointment on the RSPCA booking page 

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please refer to your RSPCA booking confirmation for instructions on how to make changes to your appointment. Please note, you must be at least 18 years of age and the guardian of the cat that you are bringing to the RSPCA for surgery. Please also provide your photo identification.

Important information on Feline Panleukopenia (or feline parvovirus)

The RSPCA also advises that Adelaide has recently experienced an increase in the prevalence of Feline Panleukopenia (or feline parvovirus). They strongly recommend that you have your cat vaccinated prior to booking in for the free spay/neuter and microchipping program. 

To find out more or register for the program, visit the RSPCA website.

The following are requirements of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Dogs and Cats must be microchipped before 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.

Dogs and Cats born after 1 July 2018 must also be desexed before 6 months of age or within 28 days of ownership.

A veterinary surgeon may grant an extension of time to desex a dog or cat or exempt an animal from desexing or microchipping if it poses an undue risk to health or adversely affects the growth, development or wellbeing of the dog or cat.

Microchip details and desexing certification must be recorded on the statewide database Dogs and Cats Online.


Animal registrations are due by 31 August each year.

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, we encourage you to renew online instead of visiting a council office.

Renew registration

Visit Dogs and Cats Online to renew registration, register a new animal, complete microchip/desexing records or notify us if the animal moves to a new address, dies or is missing for more than 72 hours. Transferring your dog or cat to a new owner? Transfer ownership online to another person. New owners must be provided with the certificate of registration (renewal notice) and transfer code.

Dogs and Cats Online

Cat containment

Cats do not need to roam outdoors to be happy. Providing their basic needs are met, cats enjoy longer and healthier lives when safely confined.

For great suggestions on how to contain your cat and enrich its environment check out Good Cats play at home.

Stray cats

Reduce the number of semi-owned cats

If you own a cat and can no longer care for it, do not dump it. Not only is this cruel but it is also illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 1985. Try to re-home the cat or take it to a shelter.

Do not feed a cat that is not yours

Feeding a cat that is not yours is not caring for it.

Take it to your local vet or a shelter. The cat will be scanned for a microchip, examined for a desexing tattoo and have a general health check.

If it is unowned or cannot be reunited with its owner, you have the option of taking full ownership of the cat or it can be adopted.

If you decide to keep a stray cat, you need to be prepared to do the responsible thing and have it desexed and consider containing it to your property.

Feeding unowned cats allows them to breed, continuing the cycle of nuisance and feral cats spreading disease and killing wildlife.

Nuisance cats

There are things you can do to discourage persistent nuisance cats. Visit the Dog and Cat Board website for proven tips and advice.

If the nuisance persists after you have taken reasonable steps to address the issue, contact our Community Safety Team on 8384 0666.

Our officers may be able to provide you with further advice on how to deter cats from entering your property.

Cat cage hire

Residents can access our cat cage hire program in order to trap nuisance stray cats on their property. Trapping should only be considered as a last resort.

For more information about trapping nuisance cats and to book a cage, please click here: Trapping a nuisance animal for removal from your property.

Cat Owner's Handbook

The Dog and Cat Management Board has published its latest edition of the  Cat Owners’ Handbook  which provides:

  • Information on how to care for your cat
  • Strategies to prevent your cat causing public nuisance or injury
  • Information on the legal requirements for owning a cat in South Australia