Since July 2006, it has been compulsory for all newly registered dogs to 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 dog’s neck. The whole process takes only a few seconds and for the dog, is similar to receiving a vaccination.
Benefits of microchipping
- Identification if your dog is lost or ends up at the pound
- Permanent method of identification
- Increases the chances of stolen dogs being returned
How to get your dog microchipped
There are two ways you can get your dog microchipped.
- At your vet. If you chose this option, please make sure that you drop the microchipping certificate into Council as proof.
- South Taranaki District Council Animal Control officers are trained in the procedure and can do this for you.
- Simply pay the fee at the South Taranaki District Council Administration Building in Hāwera before taking your dog to the Pound between 1pm – 2pm on weekdays.
Fees and charges (2022/23)
|Microchipping (at the pound)||$50.00|
|Microchipping (by arrangement)||$70.00|
Working farm dogs (a dog kept solely or principally for the purpose of herding or driving stock) are exempt, however you must apply for an exemption. If there is any doubt, you may be asked to demonstrate your dog’s herding capabilities.
Dogs that have been registered before July 2006 do not need to be microchipped unless they are impounded or declared Dangerous or Menacing.
Once your application has been approved, a microchipping exemption tag will be posted to you.
What if my dog is already microchipped?
The Animal Management team requires a certificate from your veterinarian or Council to verify that the dog is properly microchipped. You can take your dog to our dog pounds during opening hours (link to pound page with opening hours) to have your dog checked for a microchip.
What happens to the information?
The National Dog Database holds information on all registered dogs including registration details, microchip number, breed, year of birth and owner details. The Council supplies and maintain the information held on the database which is operated by the Department of Internal Affairs. Please ensure all of the details (full name, address and date of birth) on your registration form are complete and correct. It is a legal requirement that we have this information.