Microchipping information for domestic animal businesses
Q: Do pounds and shelters have to scan dogs or cats for microchips?
A: Yes, within three days of entering a pound or shelter cats and dogs must be scanned to determine whether they are microchipped. If a pet is identified by microchip or tag the council must notify the owner in writing within four days if the pet is not recovered by the owner.
Q: Do pet shops, pounds/shelters and commercial breeders have to microchip cats and dogs before sale?
A: Yes, all domestic animal businesses (pet shops, pounds, shelters and commercial breeders) must microchip cats and dogs prior to sale. In addition, all dogs and cats that are being advertised for sale (through a business or privately) need to be permanently identified and that microchip number must appear in the advertisement.
Q: I am a domestic animal business and microchipping cats and dogs prior to sale as required, whose name should the microchip be in?
A: If the animal is not yet sold and you do not have a written agreement for the sale of the animal then the microchip must be in the name of the business or business owner and transferred to the new owner when sold. If the animal is sold or you have a written agreement with another domestic animal business for the sale of that animal then the microchip can be in the name of the new owner and you sign it as the agent of the owner. The implanter must send this information to a licensed registry within two days of implantation, the form cannot be given to the domestic animal business or animal owner to send in to the registry.