No to chocolate, Yes to 'chips' for pets this Easter

SHIRE of Mundaring will once again facilitate free microchipping for pets at Mundaring Pound on Friday 12 April 2019. 

Just in time for Easter, the service will be provided courtesy of students training to become Authorised Implanters at Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus.

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

Shire President John Daw said microchips make it easier for rangers and vets to reunite lost or impounded dogs, cats and other animals with their owners.

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

"Many people in the hills love animals and own pets. It's important to remember to store chocolate safely out of pets' reach, particularly during the Easter break when there's likely to be more around the household," Cr Daw added.

Places are limited so please contact the Shire's Community Safety Team on 9290 6629 to register your pet to be microchipped.

Residents who cannot attend the free session are encouraged to contact their local veterinarian to make an appointment.

A person who fails to ensure their dog or cat is microchipped is liable for a fine of up to $5000.

For more information about microchipping please visit the Shire website or contact the Shire's Community Safety Team on 9290 6629.

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