Donation supports cat microchipping

Waikiwi Vet Services vet nurses Sarah Pay (left) and Abbey Hartnett microchip a cat at the veterinary clinic last week. Photo: Petrina Wright

Staff at Waikiwi Vet Services will be microchipping cats for the heavily discounted price of $15 as part of the clinic’s open day next month.

A generous donor has given the clinic 100 microchips to use for the event.

The $15 covers the registration fee with the national database.

Waikiwi Vet Services vet nurse Abbey Hartnett said unlike with dogs, there were no legal requirements to have cats microchipped, but microchipping, especially when registered on the national database, was an effective way of reuniting pets with their owners.

Without registration on the national database, the microchip was effectively useless for identification purposes with cats, she said.

Staff were seeing an increasing number of stray cats and dead cats being brought into the clinic which were not microchipped, she said.

“Some months we will see up to 10-20 cats that are stray or unfortunately deceased which are not microchipped. It is becoming a big problem.

“It is nice to reunite them back with their owners.”

For some people, the usual cost to microchip a cat of $55 could be prohibitive, so Waikiwi Vet Services was offering the discounted service as part of the open day, she said.

To help streamline the process on the open day, owners must preregister and pay before the open day. Simply pop into either clinic before Saturday, September 8, to fill out the form and pay the $15.

limited spaces there will be no holds and we will not be accepting walk-ins on the day, so don’t miss out.”

The open day will also include pony rides, mini jeeps, face painting and a bouncy castle for the children to enjoy, as well as competitions, in-store specials, behind-the-scenes tours and lots more.

“The open day is our way of giving back and showing the community what we’re all about,” Miss Hartnett said.

Waikiwi Vet Services Open Day, 299 North Rd, Saturday, September 8, 10am to 2pm.

– Published by arrangement

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