Free pet microchipping day

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Resident pet owners living in the former Gosford LGA are encouraged to have their furry friends microchipped for free at Central Coast Councils microchipping day on September 14.

Councils biannual program, held in February and September, aims to help pet owners take an important step in responsible pet ownership by offering the procedure at no cost. Mayor Jane Smith said microchipping not only benefits both the pet and owner, but is also a requirement when registering pets.

Pets are required to be registered with your local council under NSW legislation and cant be registered without a microchip, Mayor Smith said. We know our community love their pets and want to be responsible, so we are helping out by offering this free microchipping service.

Microchipping ensures your pet can be registered, but also means that you can be reunited if for some reason your pet goes missing. Cat and dog owners must have their pet microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks of age, or when they are first sold, and I encourage our residents to take advantage of this opportunity, Mayor Smith said.

Fines can apply to any owners that fail to microchip their pet. Residents that have their four-legged friend microchipped, registered, or update their details on the day, will also receive a Happy Pet gift pack.

Councils Free Microchipping Day will be held at Councils Animal Care Facility on Pateman Rd, Erina, from 10am-3pm.

Source: Media release, Sep 2 Central Coast Council Media