Cheap microchips will be available at the PETstock Assist Microchip Blitz.
Cheap microchips will be available at the PETstock Assist Microchip Blitz.

Pet owners offered cheap microchip day

FOR the fourth year in a row, PETstock at Oxley will provide cheap microchips in a once-a-year offer to help keep pets safer.

On Saturday, October 19, PETstock at Oxley will provide a $10 microchipping service to

ensure local pets are more likely to be returned home if they become lost.

The PETstock Assist Microchip Blitz is run once a year by PETstock Assist, the company's charity arm.

Events co-ordinator Jess Guilfoyle said in 2016 and 2017, 8210 and 6566 animals were presented nationally for microchipping.

"In 2018, we were pleased to see that number further reduced to 4200 and hope to see the

number of pets in need of microchipping decrease again this year," she says.

"Microchipping is mandatory in most states; however, thousands of pets still remain nonmicrochipped despite the introduction of new laws."

For the $10 fee, pets will receive the same quality microchips and owners will be provided with the same registration services as the usual $80 service.

Quick procedure permanently puts a microchip under an animal’s skin.
Quick procedure permanently puts a microchip under an animal’s skin.

The simple procedure can greatly assist in the safe return of lost

pets to owners; reducing stress for owners and reducing the burden on pounds and animal rescue groups.

The cheaper rate is offered to encourage more pet owners to get their pets microchipped to keep them out of pounds where it is estimated up to 200,000 pets are euthanised annually in Australia.

National project manager for the PETstock Assist Microchip Blitz, Christine Robertson, says

the panic of losing a pet can be heartbreaking for pet owners as well as a traumatic experience

for the lost animal.

An appointment is needed for the free microchipping service.

For details visit petstock.com.au