Mobile micro-chipping has been introduced to keep track of your pets and increase their safety over the Christmas break.

The Redland City Council initiative offers mobile micro-chipping and mobile Eftpos payment for pet owners who wish to get their pets micro-chipped from home.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the service would help residents keep their animals safe over the Christmas holiday season.

“Council officers can visit pet owners at home, carry out the micro-chipping on site at a cost of $25 and people can pay on the spot using a mobile Eftpos device.

“This means people can be responsible and microchip their animals without having to leave the comfort of their own home.

“By microchipping residents will also get a discount on the cost of registering their pet,” she says.

Council’s Animal Management spokesperson Wendy Boglary says it was important residents looked after their pets, particularly leading up to the summer storm season.

“Council’s animal shelter see an increase in lost pets over the Christmas holidays, predominantly due to summer storms which often scare animals, so residents should take the necessary steps to look after their animals, including getting them registered and micro-chipped.

“The fact that this service means pet owners do not even have to leave their house to take these steps means there is no excuse for people to not be a responsible pet owner,” she says.

Appointments are necessary for anyone wanting to take advantage of the mobile micro-chipping service, for more information contact the Council’s Animal Shelter on 3829 8663.

Are your pets micro-chipped or would you consider getting them micro-chipped this holiday season?