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Free micro-chipping for cats in May

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the Wellington SPCA to offer free microchipping of cats on Saturdays throughout the month of May.

Microchipping is a safe, simple and permanent method of identification, and one of the most effective ways to keep your cat safe.

According to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register, in the eight weeks following the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, 85% of microchipped pets were home within three hours of being found. Of the non-chipped pets, 25% were home within 10 days of being found.

“Microchipping is a no brainer,” says Councillor Peter Gilberd, Portfolio Leader for the Natural Environment. “Pets are part of the family, so we want to keep them safe, and unlike collars, which can slip off, microchips are permanent.

“To have this offered out in the community – and free – is just a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has been putting off the simple procedure.”

A bylaw requiring microchipping of cats was passed in August 2016. All cats over the age of 12 weeks are covered by the bylaw, which will come into place early next year.

Microchipping events are expected to be busy so early arrival is recommended. Cats must be restrained in a cage or carry box.

Free Cat Microchipping

Saturday 6 May 1:30 – 3:30 Tawa Community Centre
Saturday 13 May 1:30 – 3:30 Northland memorial Community Centre
Saturday 20 May 1:30 – 3:30 Karori Community Centre
Saturday 27 May 1:30 – 3:30 Strathmore Park Community Centre


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  1. Cackle McFee, 3. May 2017, 16:30

    My cat got lost and died with a microchip, so you can’t say the microchips keep cats safe nor do they help owners find them when they are lost.
    Next they’ll recommend legislation for micro-chipping the kids or employees .
    It’s repugnant and draconian. If people want to surgically insert chips into themselves let them, but don’t make it mandatory.

  2. TrevorH, 3. May 2017, 16:50

    Agree with you Cackle. The chips move around and can be hard to locate. So if unchipped cats are to be sent by the Council to the gas chambers as “strays”, then quite a few pets are likely to be destroyed also. The Council or its agents can be taken to court in that case.

  3. Menious, 5. May 2017, 22:27

    Totally agree with Cackle as well and TrevorH. Not only do microchips move around, they also fail. We should be very concerned.

  4. Sekhmet Bast Ra, 17. May 2017, 4:53

    We’ve just published a feature article in response to this press release from WCC and other recent articles connected with the council’s animal policies on
    http://felinerights.org our website. The article also covers the dystopian prospect of microchipping humans and how this is connected with the globalist plans for a cashless society. Thanks for the inspiration Cackle McPhee, you are right-on using the term ‘draconian’. If and when folks awaken, they will be surprised to see how correct you are.