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Discounted microchipping offered to Brisbane pets

07 May, 2015

Brisbane City Council is giving residents the opportunity to microchip their pets at a heavily discounted rate, to reduce the number of unidentifiable lost dogs and cats that are picked up by council officers each year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the service would offer microchip implantation by a qualified person, all necessary paperwork, an immediate lifelong registration with the National Pet Register and a National Pet Register ID Tag.

“Last year nearly 3,000 lost dogs and cats were collected by Council and we were unable to find their owners because they weren’t microchipped,” Cr Quirk said.

“Listing on a pet register gives owners the best chance of being reunited with their family pet if it is lost or injured, as vets, animal shelters and animal welfare organisations use them to quickly identify lost animals.

“Brisbane City Council offers these microchipping events as part of a suite of activities which aim to encourage responsible pet ownership, including education programs in schools, web-based information and DVDs.

“In addition to microchipping, we also encourage residents to register their pets with Council as another means of identifying lost animals.”

The first 100 customers to microchip their pet on the day will receive a further $10 discount on the already low rate, making the cost only $20.

Owners should be aware that dogs must be brought to the microchipping day on a lead and cats in a carry cage. Dogs need to be registered to qualify for the discount rates and Council officers will be available to assist with registration if needed.

Council’s 2015 discounted pet microchipping events will be held at the following dates and locations:

• Elanora Park, Granada Street, Wynnum on Saturday 9 May from 1.30pm-4.30pm
• Milton Park, 316 Milton Road, Milton on Sunday 10 May from 1.30pm-4.30pm
• Phillip Place Park, College Avenue, Forest Lake on Saturday 23 May from 1.30pm-4.30pm
• Decker Park, 25th Avenue, Brighton on Sunday 24 May from 1.30pm-4.30pm

It is also a legal requirement that animals be at least 12 weeks old to be microchipped.

For more information on requirements for cat and dog owners, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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