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Microchipping day a success

Seventy-four animals are now reliably identified thanks to a free microchipping day on Saturday.

A joint initiative of RSPCA Eurobodalla branch and Eurobodalla Council, the day offered Eurobodalla residents the opportunity to have their cat or dog microchipped for free.

The RSCPA supplied vouchers for desexing and advice on responsible pet ownership, while the Eurobodalla Canine Club gave dog obedience demonstrations.

Council’s Divisional Manager of Environmental Services Deb Lenson said 17 cats and 57 dogs were chipped on the day.

“We were really happy with the response, it was significantly more than our last microchipping day in 2016,” she said.

“It was a great collaborative event and we’re looking at other opportunities for joint initiatives with the RSCPA and other animal welfare organisations that increase responsible pet ownership.”

Microchipping, required by law in NSW by 12 weeks of age, involves implanting a microchip about the size of a grain of rice under the animal’s skin.

When scanned the chip reveals a unique identification number which can be matched to pet registration details and ensures they can be returned safe and sound if they are lost.

The next step is lifetime registration and is required by the age of 6 months. Discounted fees for registration apply to desexed animals. Remember that microchipping and registration help return lost pets, identify pet owners, assist Council with managing dog attacks and is required by law.

For more information on responsible pet ownership visit Council’s website

Above: Council’s Senior Ranger John Gomez, Louise Webb and Christina Allen from the RSPCA, Ranger Mitchell Stirling and Trainee Ranger Kelly-Ann Marshall at the free microchipping day.

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