Animals in Milan: how to do it

This page provides some suggestions and illustrates the main rules that regulate the relationship between citizens and pets.

The owner, possessor or keeper even temporarily of a dog, including those who trade it, is required to register it in the canine registry within 15 days of starting possession or within 30 days of birth.

All new dog identifications occur through the application of a microchip, as required by the regulations issued by the Health Department of the Lombardy Region. Identification can only be carried out by the Veterinary Services of the territorial ATS and by accredited freelance veterinarians, who take care of the registration in the computerized Canine Registry and - at the same time - the application of the microchip on the animal.

Other obligations

  • permanent transfer of your dog
    • whoever sells it and the new owner are required to report it to the canine registry within 15 days
  • death of your pet or change of residence
    • both events must be reported to the canine registry within 15 days
  • theft or loss
    • you must file a report within 7 days at the ATS Veterinary Prevention Department. The body that receives the missing person report must then register it in the canine registry.

Who to contact
Milanese citizens who need to register their dog in the Canine Registry can contact the ATS for:

  • check whether your trusted veterinarian is already accredited
  • know the address of the accredited veterinarians with offices in the area indicated by the dog owner
  • make an appointment to register your dog through the Public Veterinary Service.

For contacts see the box Information in this page.

Regional Law n. 33 of 30 December 2009

From 2020 January XNUMX, registration in the Regional Pet Animal Registry has also become mandatory for cats in Lombardy. The provision concerns newborn, newly adopted or recently purchased cats.

Microchipping is also mandatory for felines, therefore, as well as for colony dogs and cats, as an identification and traceability tool in the event of escape or loss.

For contacts see the box Information in this page.

Integrated regional veterinary public health plan 2019-2023

Any disaffection towards the animal, from whatever cause it originates, cannot lead to its abandonment in any urban or natural context.

Abandoning an animal is a crime and it means condemning him to die in most cases. Furthermore, some even seemingly harmless species - such as aquatic turtles, parrots etc. - they can reproduce and damage our environments and the native species with which they compete: for aquatic turtles of the Trachemis genus, the Lombardy Region is working on possible solutions to resolve the problem.

Anyone who finds a lost or abandoned dog in the municipal area must contact the Sanitary Kennel of the ATS Veterinary Department, or the Local Police if the discovery occurs outside the opening hours or calendar of the ATS offices.

ATS Milan
via Privata Aquila, 82 - Milan
tel. 02 8578.9072/9073
fax 02 8578.9059
opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 to 30 and from 11 to 30

Local Police Milan
by phone: 02 02 08

What happens when the health shelter intervenes?
The Sanitary Kennel is reserved for the first reception. As soon as they arrive, the dogs are examined by a veterinarian, treated and vaccinated if necessary, microchipped and registered if they are not already registered. For each patient, a clinical form is drawn up which also contains some indications on the character detected, based on the behavior displayed during the visit and hospital stay.

The Sanitary Kennel also welcomes colony cats to be sterilized, those that need to be observed, those found injured or visibly ill in the city, as well as dogs and cats entrusted by the Public Force for emergency situations involving the owners.

In the presence of injured or distressed animals, the first thing to do is to establish whether they really need help or are in a fundamental phase of their existence (see the manual).

A typical example is that of nestlings who appear to have fallen from the nest and who, instead, are learning flight techniques. Understanding these two situations makes the difference between a child who may need help and one who should not be disturbed in any way.

Even before intervening, therefore, the advice is to contact the experts and describe the situation to them:

  • the reference point is the Milan Metropolitan Police
    tel. 02 7740.5808
  • i Wild animal recovery centers C.R.A.S. they welcome and care for wild animals in difficulty and provide advice on how to operate. The C.R.A.S. closest to Milan are:
    • WWF Wild Animal Recovery Centre, Vanzago (Milan)
      tel. 02 9354.9076
    • LIPU “La Fagiana” Wildlife Recovery Center, Pontevecchio di Magenta
      tel. 338 3148.603
  • finally theENPA Milan It also welcomes wild animals for first aid, depending on the availability of space.

The Animal Protection Office works to improve the quality of life of animals in the city and guarantee their protection, contributing to the prevention of stray animals and the reception of dogs and cats in the municipal kennel and cattery park as well as the protection of cat colonies.

Furthermore, it is responsible for informing citizens about the knowledge and respect for animals; promotes activities aimed at promoting coexistence between animals and citizens; deals with reports and suggestions proposed by citizens and protectionist associations. Collaborates with the Guarantor for the protection of animals and with other competent bodies.

To contact the Office, consult the box Information in this page.

Go to regulation for the welfare and protection of animals of the Municipality of Milan Approved with resolution of the City Council n. 4 of 3 February 2020

In the area of ​​Milan and its province there are numerous non-profit associations that deal with animal protection. Some act personally by managing shelters for abandoned animals, others support national or international campaigns that have brought very important successes. Still others carry out awareness-raising work, train expert staff, carry out checks on possible mistreatment, organize first aid services, offer legal advice, etc.

Thanks to protectionist associations, every year thousands of domestic and wild animals are managed, controlled, cared for and protected. Thanks to their widespread presence in the territory, to the passion inherent in the volunteers who are part of them, to their ability to intervene immediately at any time, situation and place, these associations constitute an indispensable support to the action of institutional animal protection bodies.

For these reasons, the Animal Protection Office encourages relationships with and between the associations present in the area and which constitute a rich source of energy, ideas, tireless will and dedication. And every year it supports them, also with the provision of contributions, and collaborates with numerous of their initiatives.

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Updated: 05/04/2024