How to Register Your Dog as a Pet - Required by Law

on 07/12/2017 - 02:23 pm

The city of Shenzhen requires that all dogs living with you as pets be vaccinated at least once a year for rabies and that their place of residence be registered. This is to ensure the safety of the dog, the dog owners and the general public. 

There is no charge to complete either of the above two actions (although first time vaccinations may incur a small fee for the certificate). The following article provides the information necessary to fully comply with this regulation.


UPDATE: As of January 29th, 2018, registration can now be done via WeChat. Click here for details.



Registration can be conducted at your local Sub-District Office. For those living in the area belonging to the Shekou Sub-District, the office can be found on Shiyun Road and Shekou New Street (see image below of the Shekou Office).

Registration can also be conducted at some Veterinarians (See REGISTERING VETERINARIANS) further down this page for a list in Shekou.

Adminsitration and Service Lobby of the Shekou Sub-District Office in Shenzhen

Directions to the Adminsitration and Service Counter of the Shekou Sub-District Office in Shenzhen revised July 28, 2017)

If you're conducting the registration at your local Sub-District Office be sure your dog has received his vaccination and that you have the proper vaccination record (it's a white card issued by the China Animal Health Inspection Service the first time you get your dog vaccinated, and should have a red stamp on it).



You will need to register or re-register your dog each year after it has received its rabies vaccination.


The easiest way to register is to go to one of the REGISTERING VETERINARIANS listed below. They can give your dog the needed vaccinations and help you complete and file the registration form. Otherwise you will need to visit your local Sub-District Office after vaccinating your dog.

Sample Registration Form for Registering Your Dog as a Pet in Shenzhen, China


To complete your dog registration, you'll need to complete the Dog Registration Form (which can be downloaded electronically here... Chinese only), get it stamped at the community station/property management office of your place of residence, and hand it in along with the following items:

  • Copy of the Owner’s Passport;
  • The rabbies vaccination certificate AND a copy of it;
  • 3 photos of dog head (1 inch), 1 full-length photo of 4 legs on the ground (3 inch), and electronic copies of the above photos (for example, files of each on a usb drive);
  • The owner’s lease contract / other residence document; and
  • Sterilization certificate, if any.


Please note that some dogs are forbidden in the city. Click here for a list of forbidden dogs.



The registration process generally takes about one month to audit. When the process is complete, the owner will get a phone call from the Sub-District Office or the pet hospital where they registered. During the registration process, the Sub-District Office will give the owner a receipt that the registration is in process.



The Regulations of Shenzhen Municipality on the Administration of Keeping Dogs states that whenever you take your dog out you should carry your dog registration with you. Failure to comply may result in a fine of up to five hundred yuan. Failure to pay may result in an increased fine to two thousand yuan and the confiscation of your dog(s).



The following veterinarians in Shekou are authorized to provide rabies shots AND process the dog registration for you; however, if your dog is receiving the vaccination for the first time you may be charged a small fee for the certificate. For more information on rabies vaccination, click here for an article provided by Judy's Dog Rescue.


We called to verify each of these. Ruipeng Pet Hospital rudely told us to go do the registration ourselves; the other two confirmed they can do it free of charge.


This article is part of the Laws & Regulations Section of ShekouDaily. It is meant to serve as a guide to help foreigners understand their responsibilities and rights in China in regards to the laws. It is important to understand that there is often a difference between what the law is and how it is enforced. The information provided in this section relates to what the laws are and how they are enforced in most parts of Shekou. For more details please contact a lawyer or the Management and Service Center for Expats.


Shenzhen Management and Service Center for Expats

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The information in this post is provided by the Shenzhen Management and Service Center for Expats (MSCE) and has been edited and compiled by Gary Isse of ShekouDaily. Copying and or redistributing any of this content is prohibited without the expressed written consent by ShekouDaily. The MSCE is located at the corner of Nanshui Road and Shiyun Road in Shekou. The nearest bus station is Shekou Theater and the nearest Metro station is Dongjiaotou Station, Exit A. Their opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, you can call 0755-2667-8381


Emma Winfield - 07/13/2017 - 12:02 pm

I just want to say that I have just done all of this at Puppy Town and they were so helpful and the staff speak excellent English.
The lovely lady on reception went above and beyond. She even filled in my form for me!

In regards to Ruipeng on Wanghai, they are excellent for affordable injections and treatments for dogs. They have never tried to rip me off or make me pay for extras that I don't nee.


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