PET owners have been urged to microchip their dogs and cats, which could save their lives if they go missing.
The NSW government said 80,000 dogs and cats were lost, hurt or stolen each year.
‘‘Most are impounded and are not able to be identified,’’ a state report said.
Lake Macquarie City Council will microchip pets for free on Saturday at Warners Bay.
“State law requires that dogs and cats must be microchipped at 12 weeks of age,’’ council ranger manager David Brake said.
People faced a fine of $165 for not having their pet microchipped.
‘‘Take advantage of this chance to have your pet microchipped for free and save yourself $33,’’ Mr Brake said.
‘‘Microchipping is one of the most important things you can do for your dog or cat.’’
Pets that were microchipped enabled council rangers to ‘‘easily identify and return stray or lost animals to their owners’’.
‘‘It’s important for owners to notify council if their address or contact details change, so records can be updated,’’ he said.
Bookings are not required for the event, which will be held at PETstock on Hillsborough Road from 10am to 2pm.