Here at Pups of Sydney we understand the devastation dog owners can face when dogs go missing. In order to really protect your furry friend, just microchipping your pet isn’t enough – you should also register the microchip and your contact details on the national and local database so your pet’s home can be found.
In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first (Section 8 of the Companion Animals Act 1998).
No personal information is stored on the microchip, only the unique identification number for your dog (Regulation 8 of the Companion Animals Regulation 2008).
The microchip itself is approximately the size of a grain of rice and it is implanted in an animal with a sterile implantation device in the neck area.
If you fail to have your cat or dog microchipped when required to do so, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for $165 or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $880.
More information on the Office of Local Government website.
All dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old (before 4 months old for cats). If your pet goes astray, a pound or a vet can scan your pet, then use your pet’s microchip and registration details to contact you to notify you of your dog’s whereabouts. You may lifetime register your cat or dog at any Council in NSW.
NSW pet registry is a new platform launched earlier this year that allows pet owners to create an online profile where you can your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.
The platform also acts as a place for breeders to record and track litters over time and for vets to update the register when they desex cats and dogs. Vets will also be able to update the register if they believe a pet should not be desexed for medical reasons.
Register your pet today using the NSW pet registry website.