Collars can fall off or be removed & details on pet tags can fade or become outdated. Inserting a microchip means your pet can be easily identified by a ranger, animal shelter or veterinarian regardless of the situation. Once identified, you can be contacted immediately and informed of the location of your pet.
If your pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership of your pet can be challenged. Microchipping is the only way you can prove ownership of your pet (and yes this does happen).
From 1st November 2013, all new dogs are required to be microchipped for the purpose of identification and registration. Registered dogs that are transferred to new owners after 1 November 2013 will need to be microchipped before they are sold or transferred.
If you already own a dog, he/ she must be microchipped by 1st November 2015.
From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 requires all cats that have reached 6 months of age to be:
- Sterilised; and
- Registered with the relevant local government.
Cats will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.