ARARAT - Ararat Rural City Council is holding a microchipping day for cats and dogs next Saturday, February 15.
The microchipping will take place at Alexandra Hall, Western Highway Ararat from 9am to 1pm at the reduced cost of $25.
This initiative is part of Council's strategy to encourage responsible pet ownership within the municipality.
By law, all cats and dogs over three months of age have to be microchipped and registered.
With cat and dog registrations due each year by April 10, Council is holding this microchipping day to encourage residents who have unregistered pets to receive a subsidised microchip and register their pet without fear of prosecution.
The cost of the microchipping for the day is only $25, which is heavily subsidised from the normal cost.
Council is also encouraging people who have a cat or dog that is not registered to take advantage of the day.
Many people who miss the first opportunity to register and microchip their pets don't follow up for fear of being fined by Council," local laws officer Ricky Bowen said.
"Once your animal has been microchipped, Council will be able to register your pet on the day. We won't be prosecuting anyone who brings a pet in to be microchipped and registered on the day."
The day commences at 9am, and Council requires all dogs brought along on the day to be on a lead, and all cats in cages.
You will require proof of identity, and will need to bring sufficient cash to pay for the microchip and the applicable registration costs.