DOGS and cats such as 10-week-old pup Hugo will have the opportunity to be microchipped at a reduced cost next Saturday, March 16, between 9am and 2pm.
There are only 200 appointments available on the day, which has been organised by the City of Greater Bendigo and the National Pet Register.
Microchipping, which has been mandatory in Victoria for all new pets since 2007, will only cost $15 for each animal and will take place next to the Bendigo council offices.
Residents must show proof of residency on the day via a driver’s licence or household bill and all dogs must be on a leash and cats kept in a secure carry cage.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said microchipping was the most effective method of permanently identifying an animal.
“The microchipping day is a great opportunity to save money on the normal cost of this important and worthwhile procedure,” Cr Ruffell said.
“Losing a pet can be very traumatic.
“Microchipping is quick and worthwhile and should a pet go missing, a microchip allows it to be reunited with its owner with a minimum of fuss.”