Since January, 70% of cats and dogs coming into RSPCA Queensland haven’t had a microchip.

The worrying statistic has prompted the charity to issue a warning to pet owners this holiday season.

“With increased storms, fireworks, and people going on holiday, we do see an increase in lost and found calls about pets,” says RSPCA spokesperson Emma Lagoon.

If your cat or dog isn’t microchipped, or if the microchip has out of date information, it’s harder for pets to be reunited when they enter council or shelter facilities.”

More pets with microchips and up-to-date details would see fewer animals being placed up for adoption.

Ms Lagoon says, “When owners can’t be found or they don’t come forward to reclaim their pets, these poor animals then have to start all over and look for a new family to love them.”

RSPCA Queensland was able to successfully reunite nearly 3,000 animals with their owners last year.

The RSPCA’s Top Tips for pet owner peace of mind:

  • Get your pet microchipped and registered – ask your local vet.
  • Unsure if your pet is microchipped? Ask your vet.
  • Check your pet’s chip details are up to date – visit
  • Getting a new pet – check their chip before taking them home. If you do purchase, or get an animal, the original owner will need to sign over ownership on a change of ownership form before the microchip registration company can change the pet into your name.
  • Ensure your pet wears a collar with your contact number visible, council registration tag or RSPCA VIP tag.
  • Going away for the holidays? Register your pet with RSPCA’s Home Alone service.

If you do lose or find a pet, you can notify RSPCA’s Lost and Found team on 1300 363 736. For a small fee our Lost and Found Team can also assist in searching for your pet by conducting shelter and council database searches and across social media pages. To access this service, visit the RSPCA website