A microchip is roughly the size of a single grain of rice and it is implanted just beneath your pet’s skin, between their shoulder blades.
All animal control officers, animal care facilities, and veterinary hospitals scan stray animals for microchips.
It is important for you to register your dog’s microchip with your local council. You can also register them with the National Companion Animal Register which is an online facility that provides your pets details on a National basis so you the owner can be easily tracked no matter where in the country they end up. You can visit their website www.animalregister.co.nz for more information.
You must also keep your microchip information up to date! Owners frequently fail to update their microchip information when they move or change their phone number and pets can end up stranded at the local animal care facility without any owner information.
Microchip regulations came into force in New Zealand on 1st July 2006. Dogs first registered on or after this date, excluding dogs kept solely or mainly for herding or driving stock require microchipping.
Any owner who fails to implant a microchip into their dog (unless exempt) is liable for a fine of $300.00.
Microchips are a great identification tool, but they are no substitute for ID tags. Be sure to equip your pet with a personal ID tag, complete with current phone numbers and/or address.