Microchipping your dog
All dogs in the Western Bay need to be microchipped. This is a small computer chip inserted under the skin which is used to identify your dog if it gets lost or stolen.
The only exemptions are working dogs that are kept solely for herding or stock driving.
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 do I get my dog microchipped
Go to one of our five offices and pay the required microchipping fee.
The cost is $20 per dog.
Two copies of the microchipping certificate are given to you to take to the Te Puke or Katikati Pound during the respective pound's opening hours:
Te Puke - 8.30am-9.30am and 3.30pm-4.30pm
Katikati - 8.30am-9.30am and 4pm-5pm - Closed for the next few months
Or you can make an appointment for the dog to be microchipped at Barkes Corner Office Greerton on Thursday mornings between 8.30am-9.30am.
Under exceptional circumstances an Animal Services Officer can organise a home visit, such as for the elderly or disabled.
For home visits, owners must be at home during the day (9am-3pm). The ASO will make an appointment with the dog owner for the next time they are in the area.
Payment for home visits is by cash or cheque.
My dog is already microchipped
The Animal Services 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 to have your dog checked for a microchip.