Microchipping your pet
Maximise your chances of being reunited with your pet during or after a disaster, or at any time…
Get your pet microchipped and registered on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR).
Thousands of pets have gone missing since the earthquakes and although some returned home, many are still missing, separated from their owners. It is vitally important that you microchip your pet to help safeguard against losing your beloved companion forever.
- Over 80 per cent of animals that are microchipped are successfully reunited with their owners
- Microchipping does not hurt nor harm your pet’s health
- The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice
- The microchip lasts the lifetime of your pet
- Each chip has a number and when an animal is microchipped, the owner’s details are recorded against that number onto the NZCAR database.
- Vet clinics and SPCAs have access to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register
- If your animal is lost and taken into a vet clinic or SPCA, it can be reunited with you within just minutes or hours of it being found
- Microchipping can be used as legal identification if an animal’s ownership is in dispute
- Microchipping can help with legal identification in case your animal is stolen
- Animal microchips do not include GPS (Global Positioning System)
Tips: If you choose to microchip your pet, it pays to ask your Vet to place the chip details on the NZ Companion Animal Register, in addition to their own database.
Once your pet is registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register, please make sure to update your details if you move - there is no charge to do this. Simply visit www.animalregister.co.nz and update your information online.
If you have moved into the Rotorua area and your pet was microchipped overseas, please ensure to register him/her with our New Zealand Companion Animal Register, as many International Databases are not available for our use.