Microchipping is a free service for dogs registered and living in the Christchurch City Council area.
We strongly discourage owners from bringing any unvaccinated dog to the Animal Shelter for microchipping. It is very risky to bring dogs to the shelter that have not been vaccinated against parvovirus.
If you have your dog microchipped at a vet, remember to let us know the microchip number. If you have any questions about the microchipping process please feel free to contact us on 03 941 8999.
Farm-working dogs are exempt from the requirement to be microchipped, however, owners may still choose to have this done. Other types of working dogs, such as Police or Aviation dogs, or other rural working dogs, must still be microchipped.
The requirement to microchip is under S36A of the Dog Control Act 1996(external link). Your Council or veterinarian can give you more information about microchipping.
It is an offence not to comply with the requirement to have a dog microchipped, and an infringement offence notice fee may be issued to owners who don’t comply.