Free microchipping for Tamworth pets

PET owners in the Tamworth region who don’t have their animals microchipped have the chance to have it done for free today.

A free microchipping day is being held at the Tamworth Pound between 10am and 1pm as a joint venture between council and Tamworth TAFE. 

Council’s acting manager of health and environment, Ross Briggs, said there was a limited number of microchips available. 

“Any local resident who does not have their cat or dog micro- chipped can come to the pound. All we ask is that dogs must be on a lead and cats must be in a pet carrier,” he said.

There are 100 microchips available.

“They will be offered and allocated on a first come, first serve basis.” 

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs, including pups, and cats, including kittens, must be identified by a permanent microchip implanted by the age of 12 weeks or at the point of sale. 

“This includes pets that are given away,” Mr Briggs said. 

“All vets in NSW are authorised to implant microchips.” 

Under the act, all dogs and cats must be lifetime registered by six months of age.

The registration is a once-only payment which can be made at any council customer service centre.

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