Council’s free microchipping program saves local pet owners almost $45,000

Date published: 18 October 2018

Townsville City Council’s free microchipping days have been a huge hit with nearly 500 dogs and cats microchipped for free this year – a saving of up to $90 per pet.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Ann-Maree Greaney said microchipping is an important part of pet ownership.

“Council offers this service to make microchipping more accessible for residents, and to reward responsible pet owners,” Cr Greaney said.

“We’ve run free microchipping events a number of times since the start of the year, and it’s wonderful to see so many residents taking steps to keep their furry friends safe.

“All registered dogs and approved cats over the age of eight weeks are eligible and the free microchip saves pet owners up to $90 per pet.”

Cr Greaney said over 200 dogs and cats had been registered on the spot at the free microchipping events.

“Free microchipping is a great incentive for residents to register their cats and dogs,” Cr Greaney said.

“Council is able to reunite a microchipped pet with their family much more safely and quicker than those that aren’t microchipped or registered.”

“Owning a pet is a commitment for life, and Council wants to encourage and reward responsible pet ownership.”