How to register your pet

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Used by over 850 organisations and with over 550,000 NZ pets registered, the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) is the largest New Zealand based database for microchipped companion animals. Every day the NZCAR is helping lost pets get home.

Would you like to register your pet onto New Zealand’s leading lost and found database for microchipped animals?

You can register by any of the following methods:


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The easiest way to register is through your local vet. Give your preferred vet a call and if you are a client they may be able to do it over the phone. The other advantage to registering through your vet is they can double check your pets microchip is working properly at the same time.

Call your vet for more details and pricing.


Your local SPCA may also be able to offer microchipping and registration. Many SPCA’s offer free microchipping and registration days for all sorts of pets. Call your SPCA to see if they have any events happening soon.


You can also register your pet directly with the NZCAR by completing the registration form (click image at the side, or right-click here to download). You can then fax or email this form directly to the NZCAR. Our fax number is 06 348 4182 and our email is Upon receipt we will send you our account details so that the $15 fee can be paid through internet banking. The fee is GST inclusive.

If your pet is microchipped and MISSING, you can register your pet using the emergency online registration system. The fee is $20 and includes the $15 standard fee plus $5 fee to cover any out of hours staff time and payment gateway fees. For non-emergency registrations we strongly recommend using your local vet or SPCA to register your pet as this allows the microchip number to be scanned and verified and to check the microchip is functioning properly.
Click on the link to the right to register your missing pet online.

Does microchipping work?

During the February 2011 Christchurch quake the NZCAR worked with the SPCA to get lost pets home. During the 8 weeks we handled over 24,000 phone calls and faxes and advertised of 800 lost pets. Of the non-chipped pets we managed to get 25% home within 10 days of being found. We managed to get 85% of microchipped pets home with 3 hours of being found.

For more information, please call 0800 LOSTPET (567873)