Anyone who has shared a home with a companion animal will likely understand that lurch in the stomach when you realise that a they’ve wandered off through a door you thought was shut. The initial panic is followed by recrimination, and then fear of what might befall your beloved companion. If dog or cats are microchipped there is hope of finding them, but only if you have updated your contact details on the microchip database.
We are a mobile nation. We regularly move to different streets, towns or states. When you move, you have to notify a lot of organisations – power, phone, post, et cetera. High on your checklist should be updating your details on the register of microchips. Log on to petaddress.com.au
using your dog or cat’s microchip number, and it will redirect you to the database that lists your contact details. If you have moved home since you last registered a microchip, check it now. It might save your furry friend’s life.
Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia