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Why is it important to ensure my pet is microchipped?

The Companion Animals Act sets out the rules for pet ownership in NSW. This includes the requirement for dogs and cats to be microchipped.

It is very important to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped because if your pet cat or dog becomes lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped.

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification.

The microchip number is recorded onto the NSW Pet Registry with all details about the animal and their owner. Should your pet wander or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database information.

It is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the database so that if you move house or change your phone number you will still be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost/straying.

If a pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure their contact details are recorded on the database.