UPDATE: Friday, December 6, 2.45pm
The free microchipping day has been CANCELLED due to the bush fire emergency and associated smoke. Cessnock City Council will reschedule this event at a later date.
Microchipping your pet is one of the most important things a pet owner can do, as it ensures they are easily returned home if they become lost, rather than being unnecessarily impounded.
Cessnock City Council will give local residents the opportunity to get their cats and dogs microchipped for free on Saturday, December 7.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent is pleased to see this wonderful initiative being rolled out in the community once again.
"Our free microchipping days are always so popular and I encourage anyone who has a dog or cat that needs a microchip to come on down and get it done," he said.
"Council rangers are not there to pass judgement about your dog not being microchipped, but rather see it as an opportunity to engage the community in a positive discussion about responsible pet ownership."
It is important to note that council rangers will not microchip litters of puppies as they are at high risk of not being vaccinated or vet-checked.
Pet owners are also reminded to ensure dogs are on a lead and cats are contained on the day.
The free microchipping event will be held in council's admin building carpark on Cumberland Street from 9am to 2pm.
For more information on being a responsible pet owner, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/animals.