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Free microchipping for dogs and cats

Eurobodalla residents can have their pet microchipped for free on Saturday 3 July at a free microchipping day at Batehaven.

Pet owners can book in to bring their cat or dog to Corrigans Beach Reserve between 9am and 2pm to have their pet microchipped by Council rangers at no cost.

RSPCA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about dog and cat care, provide free pet nail clipping and distribute discount desexing vouchers, which will be available to everyone who gets their pet microchipped.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and when scanned reveal a unique identification number, which can be linked to lifetime pet registration.

Council’s senior ranger John Gomez said microchipping was the most reliable way to be reunited with your pet if they’re lost.

“Microchipping is the only way to permanently identify your pet,” he said.

“In NSW all cats and dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.

“It only takes a few seconds and it’s a safe and simple procedure that causes little discomfort to the animal.”

Bookings are essential for the free microchipping day and can be made with the RSPCA NSW Eurobodalla branch on 0429 488 200. Pet owners are asked to make sure dogs are on leads and cats are in carry cases.

Above: Council’s senior ranger John Gomez, Louise Webb and Christine Allen from the RSPCA, ranger Mitchell Stirling and ranger Kelly-Ann Marshall at the 2018 free microchipping day in Moruya. The day will be held in Batehaven this year on Saturday 3 July.

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