Dogs and cats must have animal ID in Spain from 2022

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Dogs and cats must have animal ID in Spain from 2022
Dogs and cats must have animal ID in Spain from 2022. CREDIT: Dids/ Pexels

In 2022 it will be mandatory for your dog or cat to have an animal ID in Spain.

In 2022 it will be mandatory for your dog or cat to have an animal ID in Spain as the General Directorate of Animal Rights plans to implement a DNI for pets.

The new Law on Protection and Rights of Animals includes several measures such as taking a mandatory course to own a dog, the prohibition of the sacrifice of companion animals and the end of pet purchases to encourage adoption.

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Among these proposed measures is also the obtaining of an animal DNI.

The objective of the General Directorate of Animal Rights for the creation of this DNI for pets, which will be mandatory from 2022, is to have a national database.

Ione Belarra, Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, explained that it is necessary to have all pets identified to “ensure that we move on the right path and in a model where no animal is left to its own devices in Spain.”


This animal DNI will be mandatory and necessary for the identification of companion animals, dogs or cats, making it easier to punish and fine the person responsible in case of animal abandonment.

In this document, different information about the animal should be recorded, such as the vaccination schedule or veterinary treatments that it has undergone.

In addition, it will have the coordination of all the autonomous communities.


How to obtain the animal DNI still needs to be addressed, although it seems that the management of the document will fall into the hands of the autonomous communities and that there will be a national database in order to facilitate the exchange of data between the different regions.

Another of the most discussed doubts is whether the animal ID will be physical or digital.

What is clear is that the data of the dog or cat, the veterinary history and the contact information of the owner must be recorded, in order to be able to contact the person in charge if necessary.

It is likely that the DNI format will be electronic and mandatory for all pets and that it incorporates a QR code so that the State Security Forces and Bodies to access the entire history of the animal.


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The future standard, the draft law on Protection and Animal Rights, was filed last Wednesday, October 6, 2021 by the Ministry of Social Rights of Spain to be in the public phase of the draft since that day -this means that the said draft will be submitted to public information until you arrive at the Council of Ministers before the month of December 2021. To be a draft can be changes-.

    • If someone is abandoning an animal they won’t leave the collar on to trace it back, hence the enforcement of a DNI with information on when purchasing or adopting a pet so it can be traced back!

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