Christchurch residents have realised the importance of microchipping pets following our devastating string of earthquakes, and the huge number of injured and displaced pets they created.

We recommend that all cats and dogs are microchipped, as it allows you to be quickly reunited with your pet if they do go missing.

Microchips are a small device about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is implanted in the soft scruff of the neck. The microchip has a unique number that can be read by a special reader, similar to a barcode reader. This number is stored in the NZ Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) with your contact details.  This is a 24 hour website, so if your pet is handed in to any animal shelter, vet clinic, or after hours clinic, your pet can be scanned and automatically connected with you.

Cats will be automatically registered with the NZCAR

Dogs need to be microchipped (by law) and registered with the council once they are 3 months old.  Registering them with the NZCAR is optional; however we strongly recommend you do both.  (We got firsthand knowledge of how well the NZCAR works following the earthquakes, and happily were able to reunite large numbers of pets with their owners).

Vets and rescue organisations do not have access to the council register at 3am when your pet may be found injured or roaming, so the NZCAR is invaluable.