A microchip is the most effective form of identification for
your pet. Modern microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are
implanted beneath the animal's skin between the shoulders. No personal information
is stored on the microchip, only the unique identification number. This number
and your details are then listed on the NSW Companion Animal Register.
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
, whichever happens first.
All cats and dogs, other than
exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration
fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in
NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. You are encouraged to have your
cat or dog desexed before registering it as discounted registration fees apply
to desexed cats and dogs.
Listing of the
microchip on the NSW Companion Animal Register and registration with the
council are 2 separate items.