Getting dogs and cats microchipped is business as usual for Mundaring rangers, but a Sulphur Crested cockatoo is a different matter entirely.
On Friday October 13, Mundaring animal lovers were able to get their pets mircrochipped for free at Mundaring pound, with the service provided by four rangers training to become authorised implanters at Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus.
As part of their training, under the watchful eyes of Animal Studies lecturer Sharleen Jordan and Gidgegannup Veterinary Clinic’s Dr John Tyrrell, the rangers are required to implant fifteen animals with microchips, including five cats and five dogs.
Mundaring Shire President John Daw said the training, which has been in place since 2013, was run two to four times per year depending on demand.
“Microchips are a permanent method of electronic identification and are more reliable than collars which can easily fall off,” Cr Daw said.
“Under the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 it is a legal requirement to have your cat and dog microchipped, and these training sessions offer an excellent opportunity for community members to do so at no charge.”
While there is no legal obligation to have other pets microchipped, Ms Jordan said microchipping more unusual animals was becoming increasingly more common, with two local residents, Helen and Colin, bringing in Lady, a Sulphur Crested cockatoo.
“The cockatoo is probably more unusual than a cat or a dog but I wouldn’t say it’s uncommon,” she said.
“We actually checked with the Australian Veterinary Association and they say it’s actually not unusual at all.
“We’ve microchipped a pretty good array, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, you name it.
“I’ve even heard of people microchipping animals like Koi fish, because they’re pretty expensive.
“I guess the major thing now is that if the rangers find a bird, they’re going to have to scan it for a chip.”
Dr Tyrrell said he was suprised how relaxed Lady was.
“She was very laid back for a bird, she took the whole thing in her stride,” he said.
“So did the rangers, because different animals present different challenges and they handled the whole day extremely well, their training is definitely top notch.”
The next free microchipping service at Mundaring Pound is scheduled for March 2018.