Magnetic Island pets line up for free microchipping

Date published: 14 February 2018

Townsville City Council is offering Magnetic Island pet owners the chance to get their dogs and cats microchipped for free next weekend.

Residents can take their registered pets to Lions Park at Nelly Bay on Sunday 25 February to have the procedure done for free, saving up to $90.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chairperson Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said it was great to be able to bring the service to Magnetic Island after its success on the mainland.

“We held the same event at Riverway in January and it was wonderful to see so many residents taking advantage of the opportunity,” she said.

“I’m sure pet owners Magnetic Island will be just as enthusiastic.”

Cr Greaney said microchipping your pets greatly improves the chance of them being found if they are lost.

“It’s much easier for Council to help you track down your pet when it’s lost if it has a microchip than if it doesn’t,” she said.

“When a pet goes missing it can be very stressful, so knowing that you can easily find them can give you that added peace of mind.”

No bookings are required for the free service, and the offer is open to registered dogs and approved cats that are at least eight weeks old.

For pets that are not registered, Council is offering on the spot registrations for a fee. Once registered, pets are then eligible for free microchipping.

Residents on Magnetic Island are limited to one cat per property and they must be approved yearly using the form found on Council’s website.

Event: Free Microchipping Day
Date: Sunday 25 February 2018
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Lions Park, Nelly Bay