An Engadine pet shop is offering to microchip dogs and cats for just $10 on the weekend of October 20-21.
The Petstock store in Station Street says volunteer, qualified veterinary nurses will perform the service as part of an initiative which the company has run in outlets nationally for the last three years.
In NSW, the law requires all cats and dogs, with some exceptions, to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.
Manager of the Engadine store Aleta Schutt said the $10 service fee was “a huge saving” as vets normally charged about $45-50.
Ms Schutt said pet owners needed to make an appointment for the $10 service by phoning 9548 3835 or on the website: petstock.com.au
“Last year, we only did it on the Sunday, and about 60 dogs and cats were microchipped,” she said.
Petstock Assist charity and events coordinator Jess Guilfoyle said, in 2016, more than 8210 animals were microchipped during the event.
The number dropped in 2017 to 6566, indicating the benefits of the initiative, she said.