Wellington SPCA in collaboration with Wellington City Council are offering free microchipping sessions for felines every Saturday in May 2017. This is a great opportunity for cat owners to chip their pets ahead of the 2018 bylaw change.
From early 2018, Wellington will become the first city in New Zealand to make microchipping compulsory for cats, following an intensive consultation process.
We believe this is a bylaw that will immensely help owners keep track of their pets.
The process is quick and easy for both animal and owner with a chip similar in size to half a grain of rice injected into the back of the neck, taking only a few seconds. Once a cat has been microchipped, it can be painlessly scanned and contact details for its owner accessed from an online database.
This latest push to microchip builds upon last year's "Snip'n'Chip" campaign which had proved popular.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Database is not publicly accessible so contact details will only be available to the council, SPCA and vets when needed.
The recent flooding in Edgecombe is a good example where the SPCA has gone in to rescue animals from the area and was then able to reunite them with their owners.
To take advantage of this great offer, please visit the below centres:
- Saturday 6 May, 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Tawa Community Centre
- Saturday 13 May, 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Northland Memorial Community Centre
- Saturday 20 May, 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Karori Community Centre
- Saturday 27 May, 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Strathmore Park Community Centre
Please arrive in plenty of time, and ensure your cat is transported in a box or cage.
For more information please click here, or call us on 04 389 8044.