FURRY friends end up in the pound more often than not if they go without a microchip.
So, Tamworth PETstock is holding a microchip blitz to encourage more owners to have their pets done on October 20 and 21.
“We want to reduce the number of animals in the pound,” store manager Lesley Baker said.
“Microchipping your animals means they can be scanned at the local vet if they’re lost or someone picks them up and they can endeavour to find the owners.
If they don’t have a chip they can end up in the pound, put up for adoption or euthanised if they can’t find the owners.Lesley Baker
“If they don’t have a chip they can end up in the pound, put up for adoption or euthanised if they can’t find the owners.”
All cats and dogs in the state must be microchipped at 12 weeks old, and PETstock Tamworth will provide the service for $10 during the blitz.
Rates of microchipping in Australia have risen with 83 per cent of dogs and 72 per cent of cats done.
Ms Baker said the store microchips anything from rabbits to guinea pigs – except horses.
“We might get 100 over the two days, the reduced price gets people in because at the vets you’re looking at $60 to $70 per animal,” she said.