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Microchipping your pet

Dozens of animals go missing each day – microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
How it works
A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet its own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database such as the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR). The NZCAR was created by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council to help repatriate lost animals in New Zealand, as well as generating funds to support other companion animal charities and projects in New Zealand.

Pets that can be microchipped include cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.

Find a pet
Are you looking for a new pet? All cats and dogs ready for adoption at SPCA Auckland are microchipped.

Microchip Clinics

SPCA Auckland will be resuming regular reduced cost microchip days for owned animals later in the year. Due to the expected increase to incoming animals over the summer period November to May we have had to suspend this community service in order to focus our resources on the animals in our care over the summer months. The SPCA is an avid supporter of promoting the micro chipping of animals as a positive way of reuniting lost pets with their families and if you are wanting your animal micro chipped we suggest that you contact a local vet practice in your area.
Dog owners can contact their local Animal Control Agency to enquire if they provide a micro chipping service and associated costs. All domestic pets available for adoption from the SPCA Auckland have been desexed and micro chipped so please view the animals on our website if you are looking for a new companion.

Microchipping facts:
  • Over 80 per cent of animals that are microchipped are successfully reunited with their owners.
  • If your animal is lost and taken into a vet clinic or SPCA, it can be reunited with you within just minutes or hours of it being found if it has been microchipped.
  • The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice.
  • Microchipping does not hurt nor harm your pet’s health.
  • The microchip lasts the lifetime of your pet.
  • Vet clinics and SPCA shelters have access to the NZCAR.
  • Micro-chipping can be used as legal identification if an animal’s ownership is in dispute or if it is stolen.
  • Animal microchips do not include GPS (Global Positioning System).