Microchipping is a permanent means of identification that helps us fast track the safe return of many lost cats and dogs every year.

Microchipping of cats and dogs became compulsory under State Government laws from 1 July 2009. All cats and dogs are required to be microchipped from 8 weeks of age and over.

If you become the owner of a kitten or puppy that is not implanted with a prescribed permanent identification device (PPID), you must ensure one is implanted before your pet is 12 weeks of age.

The process involves inserting a small microchip about the size of a grain of rice into the animal. It is a quick and relatively painless process for your pet, and it can be done by vets and through the Animal Welfare League.

If your pet is impounded and cannot be identified, you will be required to microchip the animal upon release and you will incur a fee for this service. It is also compulsory for all dogs to be registered under State Government and they must be registered upon release from our Council pound.

More information on microchipping can be obtained from your local vet.

Update your microchip details

Once your pet has been microchipped, remember to keep your registered details up to date. There are several databases that keep these records.

Database Phone Website
Australasian Animal Registry 1800 025 461
02 9704 1450
Central Animal Records Recovery line: 1800 333 202
Administration: 03 9706 3187
Global Micro Animal Registry 02 8338 9063 www.globalmicro.com.au
HomesafeID 1300 537 140 www.homesafeid.com
Petsafe 02 8850 6800
1800 989 989

Moving to the Gold Coast from NSW

If you are relocating to the Coast from New South Wales, contact NSW Pet Registry on 1300 134 460 to update your contact details. You will need to register your microchip details with one of the nationwide databases listed above.