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Microchip your dog for free during April

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Did you know you can get your dog microchipped for free during all of this month?

The Wairoa District Council microchip amnesty is a chance for you to get your dog microchipped to help protect your precious pooch.

Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said Cyclone Gabrielle was a very sad reminder of how easily owners and dogs can become separated. “Many dogs were displaced after the flooding and there is an increase in roaming dogs. Unfortunately, if a dog is not microchipped, is missing its registration tag or not registered, we have no way of returning the dog to its owner.

“We urge people to take advantage of the free microchipping which will ensure that if we find your dog we can reunite it with you.

“We urge local people who have been displaced or had to move as a result of flooding to please update their dog registration details with Council. Or if you are missing a dog, please let us know as we would always prefer to reunite a dog with its owner.”

To take advantage of the microchip amnesty, bring your dog to the Council offices on Queen Street anytime during opening hours in the month of April and a staff member will microchip your pet for free.

Please note, working dogs are exempt from being microchipped, but working dog owners are more than welcome to take advantage of this free offer also.

Council is here to help and is just a phone call away for anyone who needs assistance with their pets. It has been a disruptive time and getting your pet back into a settled routine may take a while. We recommend that you check on your pets often, ensure they are comfortable and reassure them. We are on call 24/7, just phone 06 838 7309 if you have any inquiries or animal concerns.

3 April 2023

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