Desexing & microchipping

Microchipping your pet 

Since May 2007 it has been mandatory for all cats and dogs to be microchipped prior to registration and you will require proof of the microchipping when you come to our customer service centre to register your pet.

Benefits to having your pet microchipped:

  • Unlike a collar or tag, a microchip cannot be lost.
  • Microchips help in the recovery of your pet from anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

How to have your pet microchipped:

You can have your pet microchipped at veterinary clinics. Your vet or supplier of your pet’s microchip can provide proof in the form of a Microchipping Certificate or veterinary record of microchipping.

All pets whose registration has lapsed must be microchipped prior to the registration being renewed.

Download: Animal Microchipping Fact File(DOC, 54KB)

Desexing your pet

The Shire’s Local Laws require the desexing of cats that are three months of age or older, and dogs must be desexed prior to being sold or given away.

Exemptions may be available to animal businesses and to members of approved organisations such as Dogs Victoria and the Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc., the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Victoria, the Cat Authority of Victoria (Inc.) and Waratah National Cat Alliance (WNCA) Inc.

Proof of pet desexing is required from a veterinarian and is to be viewed by one of our Customer Service Officers.

Benefits of desexing your pet:

  • Male dogs are less likely to fight, wander and perform offensive sexual habits
  • Female dogs are protected from breast cancer and uterus problems, will not attract male dogs. Desexing will prevent unwanted pregnancies
  • Cats live longer, healthier lives, are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour like fighting
  • Desexed cats are less likely to wander or run away resulting in less unwanted kittens 
  • Desexed cats that are confined to the property are at less risk of being infected with feline AIDS.

The best time to desex your pet is when you get it, ideally at three months of age. Desexing can be less stressful for puppies and kittens than for older dogs and cats because they recover more quickly. Veterinarians also find that desexing younger pets is easier, faster and cheaper. Desexing your pet prevents accidental breeding if they escape your property.