Furry friends feeling chipper

Pictured: Lady the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo waits to be microchipped.
FRIDAY the 13th proved to be a lucky day for animal lovers who got their four-legged friends microchipped for free at Mundaring Pound.

The service was provided courtesy of four rangers training to become Authorised Implanters at Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus.

As part of their training, rangers are required to implant fifteen animals with microchips, including five cats and five dogs, under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.

Mundaring Shire President John Daw said the training, which has been in place since 2013, was run two to four times per year depending on demand.

"Microchips are a permanent method of electronic identification and are more reliable than collars which can easily fall off," Cr Daw said.

"Under the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 it is a legal requirement to have your cat and dog microchipped, and these training sessions offer an excellent opportunity for community members to do so at no charge."

Animal Studies Lecturer at Central Regional TAFE, Sharleen Jordan, said the training had been mutually beneficial for her students and the community.

"It is hard to find enough animals for the rangers to microchip, so we offer it to the public," Ms Jordan said.

"It has been a great arrangement so far, benefitting both the rangers in their training and the public who get their animals microchipped for free."

Of the 33 animals microchipped under Dr John Tyrrell's supervision, one patient stood out among the rest; a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo named Lady.

Ms Jordan said animals commonly microchipped as part of the training included cats, dogs, snakes, rabbits and ferrets, adding that more and more people were getting their birds microchipped.

The next free microchipping service at Mundaring Pound is scheduled for March 2018. 

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