The Companion Animals Act 1998.
In 1998 the New South Wales Government passed an act through legislation that is called “The Companion Animals Act 1998.
There are many, many sections to this act however the one that concerns every dog and cat owner is the changes in companion animals registrations.
The laws have changed in regard to most animals. There are some exceptions to the rule however I would suggest you contact your local council to clarify those matters.
If your dog is born, sold or given away after July, 1999, it must be microchipped and lifetime registered through a local council.
If your dog is not registered with your local council, you must have it microchipped and lifetime registered.
If your dog is annually registered with your local council, you do not have to move to lifetime registration and microchipping until 2002.
If your cat was born, sold or given away after July, 1999, it must be microchipped and lifetime registered through a local council.
If you owned your cat before July 1999, you must identify your cat with a collar and tag or microchip. You do not have to register your cat.
Where to get your pet chipped.
Please shop around for the best prices.
Contact your Vets, local councils or welfare organisations but always remember there are other alternatives as far as microchipping is concerned.
In the CAA 1998 the act of microchipping was deemed NOT to be an act of Veterinary Science. Suitable people after completion of a comprehensive course were qualified as implanters and issued with an Identifiers number.
You may find that these people will be your easiest and most cost effective option for microchipping.
As a qualified implanter I’d be happy to give anyone a quote which, I’m sure, will be extremely competitive with nearly all others.
Special arrangements can be made for litters and I’m always happy to travel.