Connect with us

Phuket

Rassada first municipality to microchip pets

Published

 on 

RASSADA, PHUKET: To keep the island rabies-free and reduce the number of stray dogs, Rassada Municipality on January 21 held a free clinic during which some 300 pets were either sterilized, vaccinated or implanted with microchips.

The event, held at the Rassada Municipal Children’s Playground, was the first of its kind by any of Phuket’s 19 local administrative bodies.

Organized in conjunction with the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office and the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF), the opening of the event was presided over by Rassada Mayor Suratin Lianudom.

Some 300 microchips were available for free implantation by the Livestock Office workers, while SDF volunteers sterilized over 48 animals.

Mayor Surathin said there were an estimated 1,000 pet dogs in Rassada and about 200 to 300 strays.

The municipality has to spend a lot of its annual budget dealing with problems created by strays, he said.

Last year alone, the municipality rounded up more than 100 dogs and sent them to the Mid-Road Dog shelter at Bang Khanoon in Tambon Thepkrasattri, which the municipality has provided with funding of 100,000 baht for dog food and staff salaries.

Nichmon Keatmanee, head of the Rassada Public Health Office, said micro-chipping allows municipal workers to distinguish between strays and missing pets.

Pet owners should bring copies of their Thai ID card and house registration form when requesting a chip, she said.

Phuket Livestock Office Veterinarian Jirayu Niranroj said the microchips are easily implanted and pose no health risks. Although the Rassada project is the first of its kind by a local administrative district, the Livestock Office has implanted 200 microchips in pets at the Land & Houses residential estate in Chalong, he added.

The next clinic in Rassada will take place at the Ban Kuku School on January 31, from 9 am to 2 pm. The same free services will be available, though microchips will only be implanted in dogs, said Mayor Surathin.

A similar clinic is scheduled to take place at the Rawai Municipality offices on February 13, SDF Vice President John Dalley told the Gazette.

Pet owners can also get microchips implanted at private clinics, where fees generally start at about 500 baht. The same documentation is required and all information is sent to the Livestock Department database.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime13 hours ago

VIDEO: Thieves mess with the wrong gold shop owner in northern Thailand

Thailand13 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Immigration Police to Revise Visa Extension Criteria

Expats13 hours ago

Pattaya visa legend dies of cancer

Sponsored20 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Tourism13 hours ago

Transport officials expect tens of thousands of bus travellers in Thailand during three-day weekend.

Phuket14 hours ago

Chinese tourist found dead in Phuket

Crime15 hours ago

Overstaying former pro footballer arrested for hawking lottery tickets in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand15 hours ago

Twitter investigation discovers mass censorship & blacklisting under previous regime

Thailand15 hours ago

Brief history of the Japanese Onsen in Thailand

Patong15 hours ago

Officials say no to floating lanterns and fireworks on Patong Beach

Protests16 hours ago

Teen protestor claims police harassment

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand’s Full Moon Party attracts 12,000 tourists

Media16 hours ago

License to own unicorn issued by LA animal care authority

Hot News17 hours ago

Eight celebrities to join Japanese tycoon in space venture around the moon

North East17 hours ago

In northeast Thailand, a pretty camping site is being offered for free

Weather18 hours ago

Flash flood warning issued for 9 provinces in southern Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending