Nationwide microchipping blitz to keep pets out of shelters

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PETstock stores across Australia will for one weekend next month provide a $10 microchipping service to ensure more of Australia’s pets can be easily identified if they become lost.

2018 marks the third year of the national microchipping initiative, which is run in conjunction with PETstock’s charity arm, PETstock Assist, to offer the service at a fraction of the usual price.

“In 2016, more than 8,210 animals were microchipped during the event and in 2017, we were pleased to see those numbers reduced to 6,566—demonstrating the decreasing number of Aussie animals in need of microchipping,” PETstock Assist charity and events coordinator Jess Guilfoyle said.

“Microchipping is mandatory in most states however thousands of pets have fallen through the cracks, whether that be due to the cost of microchipping or older pets that were already of age when mandatory laws were introduced.

“Providing affordable and accessible microchipping to all pet owners allows more lost animals to be returned to their owners quickly and safely,” Guilfoyle added.

Microchipping performed during the weekend of 20-21 October will cost $10 per pet—just a fraction of the standard price, which can be up to $80. PETstock Assist is hoping that the simple $10 chip will make all the difference to pets and their families.

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