Placing a microchip is a common procedure and safe for your animal.
Every dog registered for the first time after July 2006 must be microchipped.
The only exemptions are working dogs that are kept solely for herding or stock driving.
If Council finds your dog and you have recorded your microchip with the Council, in most instances they can immediately notify you. A collar or tag can sometimes be lost but a microchip is always there.
The number is stored on the National Dog Database (NDD), along with information gathered by the Council relating to your dog. This information can only be accessed by Council staff.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Register is an option to consider when microchipping your dog and essential for cats.
There is a one off charge for registering with this service.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Register was designed specifically to make the recovery of lost pets easier. Established by organisations deeply interested in Animal Welfare, funds received from your registration fee will be used and reinvested in projects to help animals particularly in the area of animal welfare.
The microchip number of your pet is stored in the register with your contact details. The web site is available 24/7 and this allows authorised agents to search and recover owner details at any time, as well as allowing owners to update details online at any time as well.