Swan Hill Rural City Council is giving residents the chance to microchip their pets for free and registrations are now open.
This year the program will run over a one week starting on Monday, 18 November. Pet owners will be assigned a date and time once a booking is made with Council.
Council’s Regulatory Services Coordinator Trish Ficarra highlighted the importance of microchipping.
“Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure that you can be reunited with your dog or cat if they get lost.
“Council has an ongoing commitment to promote responsible pet ownership throughout the municipality,” she said.
Residents wishing to take advantage of the program must visit Council’s office in Splatt Street, Swan Hill and complete a microchip application form.
Ms Ficarra said as an added incentive, Council is also offering free registration up until 10 April 2020 as part of the microchipping program; this is a one off discount on the animal’s registration.
“Registration fees are normally $132 for a cat or dog. If your cat or dog has been desexed the registration fee is discounted to $44. A certificate must be provided to confirm your pet has been desexed. People with a pension concession receive a 50 per cent discount of registration fees.
“While it is not compulsory to desex your animals it is highly encouraged to avoid any accidental or unwanted animals and to also take advantage of discounted registration prices.
“Those who register will receive a date and time slot for their microchipping appointment.
“There are a total of 50 microchips available with a limit of two per household, so make sure you book early to secure your pet’s spot,” Ms Ficarra said.
Microchipping will take place at the Swan Hill Veterinary Hospital on Nyah Road. Pet owners are asked to take copies of their microchip application and their pet registration receipt with them to the appointment.
For more information, contact Council’s Regulatory Services on 5036 2346. Please note that bookings cannot be taken over the phone.