On Saturday, October 19, PETstock Nowra will provide a $10 microchipping service to ensure local pets can be easily identified if they become lost.
2019 marks the fourth year of the national microchipping initiative run by PETstock's charity arm, PETstock Assist.
The simple and affordable procedure can assist in the quick and safe return of lost pets; reducing stress for owners and reducing the burden on pounds and animal rescue groups.
Microchipping usually costs $80. The $10 flat rate aims to encourage more pet owners to get their pets microchipped to keep them out of pounds, where it is estimated up to 200,000 pets are euthanised every year in Australia.
In 2016 8,210 pets were microchipped, in 2017 6,566 pets were microchipped, and last year 4,200 pets were microchipped.
Pet owners can make an appointment online once appointment times are released in October.
Owners can bring in dogs, cats and small animals including rabbits and guinea pigs. Horses, livestock, birds and reptiles will not be eligible.