Arona reminds residents that pet registration is compulsory

Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.

Arona Ayuntamiento has again reminded residents that they are required to register their pets in the municipal census. All pets are required to be registered throughout Spain, a straightforward procedure that is carried out at municipal level in local Ayuntamiento offices. The council says that it has around 2,500 pets registered in its animal census, and that it has intervened in cases 146 times this February alone, imposing various fines on owners, whether for not registering their pets, or not vaccinating them or getting them chipped.

The council stresses that registration is free and simple, and apart from being a legal requirement, helps to improve services and focus health alerts. All that is needed is to take the animal’s health booklet, its microchip number, and the last anti-rabies vaccination stamp to any SAC office (Servicio de Atención a la Ciudadanía) in the municipality. Please note that pets is all domestic animals, not just dogs.

When it comes to those dogs defined as “potentially dangerous” – perros potencialmente peligrosos – Arona is no exception to the strict view all ayuntamientos take. Please see HERE for the dogs defined in this wa as well as the rules and regulations that apply to them. For such dogs, registration is just the starting point, with insurance and psychological evaluation of owners part of the procedure, as well as specific requirements for the dogs’ care and control. Arona environment councillor Yurena Garcia says that the inscription of potentially dangerous dogs is obligatory under Spanish Law, and reiterates that it’s not just a matter of “law”, but of services, health alerts, and improving facilities for abandoned animals.

Arona’s rules are governed by the municipal ordnance for the Protección y Tenencia de Animales de Compañía y Animales Potencialmente Peligrosos (Protection and ownership of pets and potentially dangerous animals). This bylaw was approved in 2008 and incorporates the obligation fixed by Spanish Law – Real Decreto 287/2002, de 22 de marzo, which will be the basis for the bylaws in other council areas. This Spanish law establishes non-registration as a “minor offence” for most pets but a “serious offence” if the animal is defined as potentially dangerous. Arona’s fines range from €30 in minor single cases to around €1,500 for serious or repeat offences. Other councils impose much higher fines.


  1. Thanks once again for your info Janet. We have just been to register our dog with our residents certificate and pet passport / chip number. It took 5 minutes, is free, an excellent service and simply could not have been easier.

    1. Author

      Thank you Jane! It’s one thing reporting this, and quite another to have someone’s actual experience!!

  2. That’s why I don’t want a pet in Spain! A lot of bureaucracy for a cat…

    1. Author

      It’s a simple registration! And if you’re a foreigner living here your own registration will be far more onerous!

  3. Does all this apply in Guia de Isora please?

    1. Author

      Well, as I say above, “All pets are required to be registered throughout Spain … Arona’s … bylaw incorporates the obligation fixed by Spanish Law – Real Decreto 287/2002, de 22 de marzo, which will be the basis for the bylaws in other council areas.” This is Spanish law organized at municipal level. It applies to all councils. Having said that, I do also say that some councils are more conscientious than others …

  4. Does this apply to house cats, I have 5 who all have a microchip.

  5. At least people in Arona Know(or should know) the rules. I live in Adeje. does this apply to me?

    1. Author

      As I say on the page I linked to above, it is national Spanish law so it applies everywhere in Spain. Arona has taken the step of reminding people that it’s obligatory, but it’s obligatory everywhere. The page, again, is HERE.

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