Identifying your pet with a microchip, collar tag and keeping your contact details up-to-date, is quite simply the best thing you can do to give your pet a return ticket home. Now, following three jam-packed weekends in Queensland, another 450 companion animals have been permanently identified with a microchip.
After an extensive tour of Queensland last year, which saw our mobile microchipping service visit some of the state’s more remote and regional areas, our microchipping van ‘Reggie’ hit the road again. This time ‘Reggie’ focused on an area north of Brisbane and microchipped an impressive 391 dogs and 72 cats.
Offering discounted microchipping and identification advice in conjunction with local councils, the community events took place across three weekends in towns spanning from Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay right through to Gladstone and more regionally at Agnes Waters.
Microchipping an average of 85 well-behaved pets per event, Brisbane Veterinarian and long-time chipper, Dr Claire Taylor said the events were a great way to engage directly with communities.
“It was fantastic to see so many pet owners take advantage of the events, to not only to have their dogs and cats microchipped, but to also clarify any concerns or questions they had around identification.
“Also, as I’m a vet, naturally there were also plenty of health related questions that I was more than happy to answer!”
With the support of council, microchipping was offered at a very reasonable and accessible $15 at some events, motivating pet owners near and far to bring their pups, but also older dogs who had never been microchipped. Dr Taylor said, “Many of the owners of the older dogs said the retail cost of microchipping had deterred them from doing something they knew was important, but couldn’t previously afford.”
On the road since May this year with his cherished 10-year-old Jack Russell mix, ‘Russell’, pensioner Keith said he was visiting his sister when he saw one of the microchipping events advertised in the local Maryborough paper.
“I saw the advert thought, I better get onto this!”
Having clocked up just over 9,000 kilometres in his motor home, the self-professed nomad said he’d met plenty of other pensioners travelling around Australia with their companion animals, “Our pets mean a lot to us and we would be heart-broken if they went missing. I now have the peace of mind of knowing that ‘Russell’ is permanently identified and that I am contactable should he ever go walk-about.”
“I’ll be telling everyone else to do the same!”
National Pet Register Operations Manager Melaine Robinson said five of the six events were sold out with a steady increase in the number of pet owners taking up the offer, compared to recent years.
“Some events attracted the same number of people, while with others we saw a considerable increase compared to last year.
“It is part of The Home’s mission to offer discounted microchipping, giving as many pets as possible the opportunity to be identified, and for pet owners to prevent the heartache of a lost pet.
“While the discounted rates certainly helped attract plenty of pet owners, we also know there is a real growing appreciation of the value of a tiny microchip, and also the importance of keeping contact details updated.”
The Home would like to thank the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Fraser Coast Councils for their support promoting and organising six successful microchipping events.