Microchip Your Mate event promotes pet safety and wellbeing

Published on 03 October 2023

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Pet owners across the Rockhampton Region are set to take the lead when it comes to microchipping their pets thanks to the Rockhampton Regional Council’s upcoming Microchip Your Mate event.

Planning and Regulation Councillor Grant Mathers said the microchipping event is a community initiative focused on promoting responsible pet ownership and ensuring the safety and well-being of our community’s beloved pets.

“The Microchip Your Mate event provides pet owners with the opportunity to take proactive steps towards ensuring their furry family members are protected, and reinforces Council's commitment to fostering a pet-friendly and responsible community,” Cr Mathers said.

“Rockhampton Region residents are encouraged to join the event at Conaghan Park in Gracemere on Sunday 8th October.

“No pre-bookings are necessary for this event - simply pop down to Conaghan Park with your dog and a team of local vets will microchip your pet onsite for the low cost of only $10.

“This is a dog on-lead event only, so for our feline friends we will have microchip vouchers available for purchase at the event for future use at the participating veterinary clinic.

“Microchipping is a vital step in responsible pet ownership that can significantly increase the chances of reuniting lost pets with their owners.

“Council is encouraging all residents who haven’t already microchipped their pets to take advantage of this affordable opportunity.

“Microchipping your pet is an essential step towards safeguarding their future, providing peace of mind to pet owners, and contributing to the overall welfare of animals in our community.”

Microchip Your Mate will be held at Conaghan Park in Gracemere on Sunday 8 October 2023 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Fast facts on microchipping:

  • In accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, dogs and cats must be microchipped before reaching 12 weeks of age.
  • Microchipping can only be done by an authorised microchip provider such as a vet.
  • Microchips don’t wear off or fall off, they are a permanent form of identification.
  • Once microchipped, it’s important to ensure your contact and address details are current with both Council and the company in which your microchip was provided.

Click here for more information about microchipping and responsible pet ownership.