RSPCA volunteer Alex Byrne with a kitten adopted by a lady from Sydney recently; all new animals that are sold now have to be microchipped by law.
RSPCA volunteer Alex Byrne with a kitten adopted by a lady from Sydney recently; all new animals that are sold now have to be microchipped by law. Renee Pilcher

Microchipping day a top investment

EVERY year the RSPCA gets more than 30,000 calls about lost and found animals.

At the Gympie shelter, pets that are microchipped with up-to-date contact information are 99% likely to be reclaimed. But it's not always such a happy reunion. Gympie Shelter manager Rebecca Brazier said it was "a waiting game".

"Without a microchip or collar we have no way of knowing who the owners are or how to contact them," she said. Dogs and cats at the shelter for more than a week are assessed and if they pass are put up for adoption.

Brazier said 99.9% of cats and dogs that came into the shelter had an owner. "But people don't think to call us."

Recently one dog that had been missing for three weeks was about to be made available for adoption before its owner thought to check with the RSPCA.

Brazier encouraged all pet owners to microchip and an easy way is to attend the RSPCA's microchipping day on Sunday.

The cost is discounted, but it's more about awareness Brazier said.

Call 5482 9407 for more information.

To microchip?

  • It improves the chance of finding your lost pet
  • It provides instant proof of ownership
  • Collars can come off, microchips can't
  • The Animal Management Act 2008 requires all dogs and cats in Queensland to be registered and microchipped
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