Swan Hill Rural City Council is once again giving residents the chance to microchip their pets for free, with registrations opening on Monday, 1 June.
This year the program will run over a two week period starting on Tuesday, 16 June. Pet owners will be assigned a date and time once a booking is made with Council.
Council’s Public Health and Regulatory Services Co-ordinator Melanie Bennett highlighted the importance of microchipping.
“Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure you can be reunited with your dog or cat if it gets lost,” Ms Bennett said.
“It’s also in line with Council’s ongoing commitment to promote responsible pet ownership throughout the municipality.”
Residents wishing to take advantage of this program and have their pet microchipped must visit Council’s office in Swan Hill to complete a microchip application form, and will also need to complete and pay for a registration at the time of the booking.
Registration fees are $120 for an entire cat or dog. If your cat or dog has been desexed the registration fee is discounted to $40. A certificate must be provided to confirm your pet has been desexed. People with a pension concession receive a 50 per cent discount on registration fees.
Those who register will receive a date and time slot for their microchipping appointment. There will be a limit of two microchips per household.
“We remind pet owners that there is a limit of 50 microchips available, so please make sure you come into Council beforehand to secure your pet’s spot,” Ms Bennett added.
“We recommend allowing about 10 minutes for your visit to sign up.”
Microchipping will take place at the Swan Hill Veterinary Hospital on Nyah Road. Pet owners are asked to take copies of their microchip application and their pet registration receipt with them to the appointment.
For more information, contact Council’s Regulatory Services on 5036 2346. Please note that bookings cannot be taken over the phone.