Under the Companion Animals Act, all cats born after 1 July 1999 must be microchipped from the time the cat is 12 weeks old, at point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first). A cat must not be sold or given away unless it has been microchipped (even if it is less than 12 weeks old when it is sold or given away)
Cats settled with their owners before the commencement of the Companion Animals Act on 1 July 1999 are exempt from Lifetime Registration. However, they must be identified by either a microchip or a collar and attached tag that shows the name of the cat and the address or phone number of the owner.
More than 150,000 dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in NSW. Many are impounded because their owner's can not be identified. Some may end up being rehomed or even destroyed.
The Companion Animals Act requires all New South Wales dog and cat owners to have their pets permanently identified and registered for life.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique 15 digit identification number that is quickly implanted under your pet's skin between the shoulders. In the event the pet is lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned when the dog is found.
The pet and owner details are completed on a Permanent Identification Form which is then entered on to the NSW Companion Animals Register by an authorised microchip implanter or Council.
Early microchipping and registration is highly recommended as a large percentage of puppies and kittens under 6 months of age are regularly lost from their homes.
Some Councils, vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised persons can microchip your cat or dog. Prices for this service may vary.
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