Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling for dog and cat owners to take advantage of Council’s micro-chipping program, which offers a heavily discounted service to curb the number of lost animals in Brisbane.
Cr Quirk said Council would be hosting its first microchipping event for the year this weekend, and urged pet owners to recognise the importance of microchipping their pet.
“Council picked up more than 5,300 lost cats and dogs last year, with nearly half of them possessing no form of identification, making it very difficult to locate their family,” Cr Quirk said.
“Losing a pet can be extremely distressing, so ensuring the family pet is microchipped is integral in ensuring you can be reunited with your four-legged companion as soon as possible.
“It’s equally important we work to reduce the number of animals entering our shelters,
The microchipping service offers microchip implantation by a qualified person, all necessary paperwork, and an immediate lifelong membership with a national records database.
Listing on a pet register gives owners the best chance of being reunited with their family pet if it is lost or injured, as vets, animal shelters and animal welfare organisations use them to quickly identify lost animals.
Cr Quirk said residents who pre-booked via Council’s website or contact centre could have their pet microchipped at the events for $30, which could be a saving of up to $70 from the cost at veterinary surgeries.
“Last financial year alone, Council microchipped 561 dogs and 1,080 cats, with 110 dogs and 103 cats microchipped at Council microchipping events,” he said.
“These events make responsible pet ownership convenient and affordable, with Council also offering a wider suite of activities aimed at encouraging responsible pet ownership, including education programs in schools, web-based information and DVDs.”
What’s On: First 2017 Microchipping Day
When: Saturday 11 March, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Where: Teralba Park, Burwood Road, Everton Park
Cost: $30 ($20 for those who enrol their pet online prior to the event)
For more information on requirements for cat and dog owners, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.