Identifying Your Dog or Cat

Unfortunately a lot us know what it’s like to come home and realise that our pet is not there waiting to greet us.  Or we’ve received the phone call from the local vet or local pet shop advising that “we have your dog Harry here”.  Those of us who are lucky get reunited.  Unfortunately far too many of us don’t.

New Puppy PhotoLet’s look at what we can do to help ourselves be reunited should this happen.

Council Registration

Register you dog or cat with your local council.  This normally involves an annual payment and the issue of a uniquely numbered tag that attaches to your pets collar.  There are also discounts available if your pet is desexed.

As part of the registration process you will provide details that will help to identify your pet, such as breed, colouring, sex and micro-chip number (see below).  Should your pet be found and collected by council, this information will enable them to locate you and reunite you with your pet.


Ensure your pet is micro-chipped.  Microchips are what is known as an RFID device. They are approximately the size of a grain of rice (see photo below) and safe to use on your pets for identification purposes.  A microchip is implanted in an animal with a sterile implantation device in the soft scruff of the neck. It is an extremely common and safe procedure. Some states in Australia now enforce mandatory micro-chipping of all domestic animals.

Pet ID Tags

You can get pet ID tags of all shapes and sizes very easily.  They simply attach to your pets collar.  There are stainless steel and enamel options where your contact details are engraved on the tag.  Other options allow you to write or print your contact details on the tag yourself.  With so many colours and patterns to choose from you’re bound to find one that suits both your tastes.

Take a look at our Red Dingo range of engraved pet tags or Rogz Instant Passport tags

Depending on the size of the tag, include the following details:

  • Your pet’s name
  • Home Phone
  • Mobile Phone

National Pet Register

With each state and territory in Australia pretty much doing their own thing, the National Pet Register offers a national identification service for your pet.

The National Pet Register is Australia's largest not-for profit pet identification and recovery service owned and operated by The Lost Dogs' Home. The National Pet Register is an accredited pet register holding an Australian Veterinary Accreditation.  The National Pet Register's aim is to reduce the number of lost and stray animals by issuing individually numbered ID tags and recording microchip numbers. Our animal recovery service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Remember to update your address and contact phone number details everywhere whenever they change.


** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.