- Saturday 12 June 2010
More than 1000 cats and dogs were microchipped under the Sunshine Coast Council ’s recent microchipping bonanza in parks across the region.
In three separate weeks – held in February, April and May – 1039 animals were microchipped at the discounted rate of $25.
The most popular venues were:
- Cooroy Sports Complex, where 153 animals were chipped in one day (27 May)
- Lions Park at Coolum – 115 animals microchipped on 25 February
- Syd Lingard Drive Dog Park in Buderim – 99 animals microchipped on 26 February
- Mill Park in Beerwah – 92 animals microchipped on 26 May.
More dogs than cats were microchipped, with felines accounting for about 10 per cent of the total. Dogs and cats of all breeds and ages used the service, including a jump in the number of puppies compared to previous years.
The popularity of council’s microchipping program was demonstrated at the last session held at Peregian Community House, where council ran out of microchips after processing 97 animals.
Council’s Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was delighted that Sunshine Coast residents were warming to the benefits of microchipping.
“This microchipping program visited more parts of the region than ever before and I’m glad to see that so many pet owners now realise that microchipping is the best way to identify cats and dogs if they get lost of stolen,” she said.
“Sadly, our council pound and other animal refuges on the Coast are full of unmicrochipped animals that may never see their owners again.
“This is a situation that we are slowly turning around by encouraging more and more residents to ensure their animals are microchipped.”
Cr McKay said she was encouraged to hear reports that more puppies than usual had attended this year’s microchipping sessions.
“By getting in while they are young, puppy owners are giving their animals the best chance of being rescued,” she said.
“It’s not just the responsible thing to do as a pet owner – it’s the most humane thing to do for your beloved cat or dog.”
Council plans to hold more microchipping sessions next year in public parks to continue to promote microchipping as both a community service and a community education initiative.