Microchipping your dog

This page gives you information about microchipping your dog.

As well as registering your dog (due date was 31 July), all dogs must be microchipped. Now we're back in Alert Level 1, our Council can continue providing a low-cost ‘Microchip Monday’ service for dog owners in our district.

  • 12 October, 9am-12pm – Thames Office, 515 Mackay St
  • 19 October, 9am-12pm – Whangamata Office, 620 Port Rd

Microchipping helps us to promptly identify dogs that are roaming or lost so we can reunite dogs with their owners rather than take to them to the dog pound. We’ve noticed many dogs on our database don’t have a microchip number.

Your assistance will be required to hold the dog.

  • Microchipping is a one-time procedure. It is a separate process from dog registration.
  • You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.
  • A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin behind the dog's neck.
  • A 15-digit unique number assigned to the microchip helps identify your dog through our registration records and the National Dog Database.
  • The microchip number will retrieve your contact details so if we find your dog, in most instances, we can notify you immediately.
  • If you dog isn’t microchipped it can be difficult for you to find your dog if it goes missing.
  • Under the Dog Control Act 1996 new puppies and dogs (except working farm dogs) must be microchipped within two months of first registration. Failing to do so may result in an infringement offence of $300.
  • Microchip Monday may be held again later in the year depending on customer demand at the upcoming sessions.

See ‘Dog Microchipping - What owners need to know’ for more information.

Dogs are required, by law, to be microchipped and this includes:

  • Dogs being registered for the very first time - since 1 July 2006 (excluding working stock dogs)
  • Dogs classified as dangerous or menacing
  • Dogs impounded, unregistered or dogs impounded more than once.

A microchip is a tiny piece of technology that carries a number unique to your dog, which can be scanned by our animal control officers and vets to identify the dog and its owner.

The microchip is very similar to a supermarket barcode, and is harmlessly implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is as simple as a vaccination.

The microchip is a transponder, which means it responds to a scanner. It is not a transmitter and has no power source.

You can get your dog microchipped by a local vet, or phone us and we can organise for a Bylaws Officer to visit you. We charge a micro-chipping fee of $25.00 per dog.


Benefits of microchipping

If your dog is lost, stolen or has escaped and strayed, it can easily be identified. If your dog is stolen, there is nowhere in New Zealand where it cannot be traced if it is scanned.

Every dog which is also the subject of a complaint and every dog impounded will also be scanned.

For more information see our Dogs - Frequently Asked Question section.

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