Microchipping is a simple procedure in which a vet implants the microchip under the skin of the cat or dog. The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and does not cause any harmful effects to the animals.
All cats and dogs born after 1 July 2010 are required to be microchipped. Owners are also required to provide the microchip number to Council.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires cats and dogs to be microchipped before they reach 3 months (12 weeks) of age.
Although cats and dogs born before the 1 July 2010 are exempt, Council encourages microchipping to ensure a speedy return of your pet should it become lost, injured, impounded or involved in an incident.
Owners need to keep the contact information up to date and are encouraged to contact the relevant microchip registry, please see the contact information provided at time of microchipping. This will ensure that contact details and, if necessary, change of ownership details are recorded. There are a number of registry's in Australia if you are unsure of the correct registry please use the Pet Address website link in the Helpful Links for pet owners on this page.
To assist animal owners Council provides discounted microchipping sessions several times during the year including at the annual Pet Fair.