Thursday, June 21, 2012


The RSPCA invite Wyong and Gosford residents to get their pets microchipped free of charge this Sunday 24th June, 10am to 2pm at the RSPCA Care Centre in Tuggerah. This joint initiative between RSPCA and Wyong Shire Council aims to encourage the community to microchip pets in order to reduce the number of lost and stray animals in the area. 

Staff from the RSPCA Care Centre, Wyong Shire Council and Greencross Vets in Tuggerah will help microchip and provide health checks to all dogs and cats that attend the day.

“It is important for local councils, vets and the community to work together to ensure animals stay healthy, safe and microchipped,” said Karen Heath, RSPCA NSW Retail Business Manager. “This can ensure fewer pets end up at the local pound or RSPCA.”

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification that is implanted just under the skin on the animal’s neck. It is the size of a grain of rice and is a quick, safe and painless process. Each chip has a unique number that is recorded on the microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner.

“If a pet becomes lost, vets, local councils and animal shelters such as the RSPCA can scan the pet for a microchip and contact the person listed on the database,” said Ms Heath. “It’s important to ensure the owner’s contact details are kept updated at all times so it’s easier to reunite the animal with their owner.”

In NSW it is compulsory to microchip cats and dogs by twelve weeks of age. Ideally a cat or dog is microchipped prior to it being purchased or adopted. Only authorised microchip implanters, such as vets or animal welfare organisations like the RSPCA, are permitted to microchip pets.

“No bookings for the day are required. We welcome all residents in the Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council area to bring their furry friend along and benefit from this free service.”

For more information about Sunday’s microchipping initiative, please contact the RSPCA Care Centre at Tuggerah on 02 4351 3444.

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