Microchipping our beloved pets is an important way to identify and protect them. It is not only a lost pet’s ticket back home to you, but it also enables ‘traceability’ of breeders and owners as it helps promote the responsible ownership, breeding and sale of cats and dogs
Below we have addressed some common questions in regards to micochipping our cats and dogs
What is microchipping?
The size of a microchip is similar to that of a grain of rice. It is implanted under the skin at the nape of the neck where there is plenty of loose skin. Every microchip has its own individual 15 digit identification number that can be recognised by using a microchip scanner. This unique number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details of the animal and owner. The microchip stays permanently under the animal’s skin and acts as fast way of identification.
Once implanted, the microchip does not cause any ongoing pain or discomfort to your cat or dog. It does not require a battery or any maintenance and is designed to last the life of your pet.
It is vital that if your contact details change (if you move house or change your phone number) you update them on the microchip database registry. This is done via a form that gets lodged with the local council. If a pet is sold or transferred to a new owner, it’s the new owner’s responsibility to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database.
Is microchipping compulsory?
Yes. In NSW, Section 8 of the Companion Animals Act 1998, requires microchipping of cats and dogs by 12 weeks of age OR before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.
Every year many lost pets end up in pounds and rescue centres that cannot be identified because they have not been microchipped. Many owners can’t be found, leading to a large number of unwanted pets, some of which unfortunately are euthanaised. Microchipping reunite lost pets with their owners, meaning less animals end up in rescue centres.
Compulsory microchipping also encourages responsible pet ownership by increasing the accountability of pet owners, breeders and sellers.
Where can I get my pet microchipped?
Only vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised microchip implanters are permitted to microchip pets.
When do I need to microchip my pet?
In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than some exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.
The RSPCA recommends that cats and dogs always be microchipped by the breeder prior to you purchasing your pet. You should confirm that the breeder or seller is linked to the animal on the microchip database by requesting microchip certification – this is the only way to effectively trace the origin of your pet.
If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, it’s never too late. You can contact us on 9999 2269 to arrange an appointment time to bring in your pet.
Registration of your pet once they are microchipped
All cats and dogs must be listed on the NSW Companion Animals Register. Following implantation of a microchip, a Permanent Identification Form (P1A form) is completed, confirming the identification information of the pet and the owner. This Permanent Identification Form (P1A form) is submitted to council where the listed information is processed onto the NSW Companion Animals Register.
All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership.
Discounted registration fees apply to de-sexed cats or dogs. Registration fees are used by councils for providing animal management related services to the community. These may include ranger services, pound facilities, dog refuse bins, educational and other companion animal-related activities. You can find out more information on registration fee’s at Pittwater Council’s Companion Animal page.
If you fail to register your cat or dog when required to do so you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of $275, or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $5500 or up to $6,500 if your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog.