Why Microchip?

Microchipping is one of the most efficient and effective ways to be reunited with your faithful, trusted and loyal pet. It is in your power to make it as easy as possible for your pet to be reunited with you in the unfortunate situation they go missing.

  1. As of July 1st 2018 all dogs and cats will require microchipping. 
  2. Your pet can easily get lost!
  3. A collar with an identification tag is a great strategy but sometimes they come off and so our pets need a backup plan. 
  4. Over 50% of dogs and 97% of cats arrive at the AWL with NO identification. 

Facts about Microchipping

  • Microchipping is a permanent form of ID and ensures that pets are identified for life. Microchips cannot fall off unlike collars and other forms of ID.
  • Provided that their owner details are kept up to date, they ensure that pets can quickly be reunited with their owners if lost.
  • Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and the procedure is similar to vaccination.
  • Microchipped dogs are generally eligible for a rebate on council registration.
  • The microchip is inserted with a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades.
  • There is no ongoing discomfort once in place.
  • A microchip symbol can be tattooed in your pet’s ear by the veterinarian at the time of implanting to tell others your pet can be identified (only if the your pet is anesthetised)
  • It is standard procedure for council, shelters and vets to scan pets for microchips

Four Years! 

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Trinity’s much loved dogs, Rana & Honey went missing for four years.  Fortunately, Trinity had both her dogs’ microchipped and kept her contact details updated.  Both Rana & Honey arrived at the AWL shelter as strays and following normal procedure they were scanned for a microchip.  Trinity received the ‘phone call of a lifetime’ from the AWL and she was reunited with her precious pets.    

Tom the Cat

‘Tom’ the cat was brought to the AWL as a stray., he was microchipped so a registered letter was sent to the owner.  The owner had been away on holidays and when they returned they contacted the AWL.  Tom the cat had been missing for five years, the owner was very happy to have him back. 

How the AWL can help?

Together with local councils the AWL holds low cost microchipping days through our program called Connect & Protect.