Legally, all dogs registered for the first time since 1 July 2006 must be microchipped.

Microchipping is a simple, life-long means of identifying a dog and linking it to the owner. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted into the scruff of the dogs neck. The whole process takes only a few seconds and for the dog, is similar to receiving a vaccination.

You may choose to have your vet do the chipping, or alternatively, South Taranaki District Council Animal Control officers are trained in the procedure and can do this for you at the Pound between 1pm – 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Click here for the current fee, which needs to be paid at the South Taranaki District Council Administration Building in Hawera before taking your dog to the Pound.

Dogs that are exempt from microchipping are rural dogs used primarily for working stock. To obtain an exemption, owners must apply. If there is any doubt, you may be asked to demonstrate your dogs herding capabilities. Once your application has been approved, a microchipping exemption tag will be posted to you. Click here for the exemption application.