A micro-chip is a device which is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of (most commonly) cats and dogs. The implant is about the size of a grain of rice and is made of biocompatible material. The chip contains an identification number unique to every animal which is read by a scanner (similar to a barcode reader) available at any vet clinic, pound and SPCA. Micro-chipping is a quick and easy procedure, performed in a consultation without the use of anesthesia.
New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR)
The NZCAR is designed with the sole purpose in retrieving lost domestic animals New Zealand-wide, 24/7. If you opt to register your pet with the NZCAR, their microchip number will be stored in a database along with all of your contact details. Although it is not a legal requirement to belong to the NZCAR, the advantage is the prompt time in which your beloved pet can be returned to you.
For more information see http://www.animalregister.co.nz
Current NZ Legislation
The following dogs are required by law to be micro-chipped (cats are not legally required to be micro-chipped):
- All dogs first registered from 1 July 2006 (except stock-working farm dogs, which are exempt). These dogs will mainly be puppies when they are first registered at three months old.
- All dogs classified as dangerous or menacing since 1 December 2003 (dogs classified as dangerous before 1 December 2003 will not have to be micro-chipped).
- Unregistered dogs that are impounded and released.
- Registered dogs that are impounded for a second time and released.
For more information, see: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/petsanimals/dogregistration/index.aspx