Council to offer animal microchipping at reduced rate
Gladstone Regional Council is planning to offer animal microchipping at a reduced cost on Saturday October 28 at the Gladstone Pound Facility, with the possibility of extending the service to other areas later.
The service will be provided from 9.00am to 1.00pm for only $40 per animal.
Council would like to hear Expressions of Interest from animal owners first to gauge the level of interest and organise accordingly.
Acting Gladstone Region Mayor Chris Trevor said there was still a considerable number of dogs and cats in the region without microchips, making it harder to identify them and trace their owners.
“Our animal registration data shows there are more than 500 dogs and cats in our region that are required by legislation to be microchipped but are not, and ultimately, that adds to the overall cost of managing the region’s pets with impoundment and recovery fees,” Councillor Trevor said.
Councillor Cindi Bush said the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires the owner of any dog or cat born on or after 1 July 2009 to be microchipped and any dog or cat over the age of 12 weeks, regardless of where they live in the region, to be registered.
“Pet owners who fail to comply may be issued with a compliance notice and/or fined.”
Residents planning to take up the microchipping offer should contact Council’s Regulatory Services Division on 4977 6821 by Wednesday October 25, leaving their name, phone number and the number of animals requiring microchipping.
There are no EFPTOS facilities at the pound so only cash will be accepted.
For more information about microchipping and animal registration, visit www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/web/guest/cats-and-dogs