Penrith City Council is offering free microchipping of cats and dogs on Saturday 5 March 2016.

Free microchipping event details

The event will be held at Jamison Park Penrith, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Penrith Council’s Companion Animals Officers will be on hand, along with a vet and animals trainers, to answer any questions.

Please ensure all dogs are on a lead and all cats are in a cage.  Please note – there is a limit of four cats per household.

For more information on the free microchipping day contact 02 4732 7543 or visit Penrith City Council.

More about microchipping your pet

A microchip is a subcutaneous full duplex electronic radio transponder. 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. More at the NSW Office of Local Government.

In some Australian states microchipping is mandatory for cats and dogs. 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 given away, whichever happens first.  If you fail to have your cat or dog microchipped when required to do so, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for $165 or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $880.

Ideally, your pet cat or dog should be microchipped prior to you purchasing or adopting your pet.  Microchipping is very important for re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Should your pet go missing you are far more likely to be reunited if he or she is microchipped.

Only authorised microchip implanters are permitted to microchip pets. Vets and animal welfare organisations can microchip pets. Some local councils also organise microchipping days. (RSPCA Australia Knowledgebase)