Discounted pet registration day

Wollongong City Council will hold a day where you can have your household pet microchipped at a special discount rate.

The microchipping day will be held on Saturday March 31 from 10am to 2pm at the RSPCA Animal Shelter, Industrial Road, Unanderra. It will cost $10 to microchip each pet.

A doggy poo pouch, as well as pet ownership information will also be available.  Council staff will also be available to assist with completing animal registrations.

Director Planning and Environment Andrew Carfield said pets are important in many people’s lives and provide owners with great benefits, but owning a pet brings certain responsibilities.

“It’s important for owners to take care of their pets and act responsibly by microchipping them. Council’s animal shelter last year housed 1189 dogs and 1060 cats mostly found wandering the streets. Microchipping is the best way you can ensure you are reunited if you lose your pet,” Mr Carfield said.

“Council’s discounted microchipping day offers owners a great opportunity to give their pet a special gift, one which could potentially save their life because the microchip lets authorities know who the pet belongs to.

“As well as microchipping your pet, if you move home, your pet passes away or is given to another owner we encourage you to notify Council so our registration details can be amended,” Mr Carfield said.

All pet owners must keep their dog on a leash and cat in a cage during the day. Please bring identification as this offer only applies to ratepayers of Wollongong City.

For more information about your responsibilities as an animal owner and animal registration, visit Council’s website or phone (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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