Lake Macquarie City Council will offer free pet microchipping sessions this month as part of its program to educate the community about responsible pet ownership.
Qualified staff will provide the drop-in service at Council’s Speers Point administration building car park, from 10am-2pm on Saturday 8 and 29 June.
“Dogs and cats should be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old,” Council Senior Ranger Paul McIntyre said.
“Having an up-to-date microchip implanted in companion animals helps us reunite missing cats and dogs with their owners.”
The drop-in sessions will also offer pet-themed giveaways and material providing information about companion animal laws.
“Almost 40 per cent of Australian households have dogs, and almost 30 per cent have cats,” Mr Barry said.
“Clearly, Aussies love their companion animals, but for everyone’s sake it is important to be a responsible pet owner for everyone’s sake.”
Lake Mac pet owner Joelle Brockman said microchipping her British bulldog, Brixton, increased the chances of getting her beloved pooch back if she ever went missing.
“I don’t believe she even noticed what was happening when it was done – she didn’t even flinch,” Ms Brockman said.
It was a similar story for Taryn O’Donnell, whose spoodle, Lucy, was microchipped as a puppy.
“It gives me peace of mind that if anything was ever to happen – if she were to get out or run off at a park – that a vet or Council ranger would be able to scan her for details and reunite us with our baby,” Ms O’Donnell said.
Bookings for the two drop-in sessions are not required. Mr Barry said implanting the microchip was a quick and simple process.