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If anyone has gone thru the process of "Registration of a Pet with the Local Council" I would really appreciate any info you have on how it was for you. Is it simply a matter of filling out some forms? Can it be done online? Must you take your pet to the Local Council as part of the process? I hope it is a mere formality, but I don't want to assume anything....as that makes...well, you know the rest.
Thanks in advance.
I registered my dog with the freguesia. I did it online. I am sure when I registered her I had created the account with my temporary residence card.
You just need to know the rabies vaccine number and the chip number. It cost 5€ and they email you the info to pay by multibanco.
If you go in person you just need to bring the little book the vet gives you with vaccines and stuff in it.
But in my experience not many people bother in my area and most family pets have chips anyway. I never registered my first two dogs and never had an issue and the GNR used to pet them all the time and never asked me if they are registered or asked to see any vet book either.
Hopefully this helps!
I don't know when Tania registered her dogs but the law changed in 2019.
Prior to then you could register and licence your dog(s) at the freguesia who used the SICAFE database, or you could register your dog at the vet (they used the SIRA database) and licence it at the freguesia.
Since November 2019 those databases were replaced with one database (SIAC) and both dogs and cats have to be registered on it (the vet does it as they have to confirm the chip number). After the initial registration dogs will still have to be licensed annually with the freguesia.
For those with their dog(s) registered only on the SICAFE or SIRA databases (or cats that have never been registered) the transitional period to register them with SIAC comes to an end on 25th October 2022 after which the fine for failing to register with SIAC can be applied (€50 minimum, €3,700 maximum).