More Scanners means more pets get home


It is widely accepted that the single most effective way of getting lost pets home is microchipping and registration.
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NZCAR - Supporting
NZ Pets and Owners

Offering a dedicated lost pet website service on a 24/7 basis, along with 0800 support 7 days a  week means the NZCAR has also proved popular with pet owners. There are now over 370,000 animals registered. Registered pets include cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, donkeys, ferrets, goats, horses, lizards, pigs, tortoises, as well as 3 fish and a cow.

Another major benefit the NZCAR offers is that all profits are used to help Companion Animal charities and projects. Since 2007 over $2.5 million has been raised.

The NZCAR is also the only New Zealand pet database to offer both the ability to update and manage details online, as well as through a dedicated 0800 support service. The office is manned from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday for administrative matters and then offers an emergency out of hours mobile contact service too. This after hours support has proved vital as pets do not all choose to go missing during office hours.

Since its formation in 1996 the New Zealand Companion Animal Council has been at the forefront of promoting microchipping and registration. This support for microchipping led to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) being created in 2007. This dedicated repatriation database quickly became the leading New Zealand based microchipped pet repatriation system.

The NZCAR is now used by over 97% of vets, 85% of territorial authorities, SPCA branches and many other rescue organisations and implanters. In fact there are now over 700 locations in New Zealand where an animal can be scanned and checked on the NZCAR.

Lets Get Scanning!!!

The success of microchipping has been the huge growth in the technology that allows microchips to be read. Scanners are now available at vet clinics, councils, pets shops, rescue organisations and many other locations throughout New Zealand.

The quicker a chip can be scanned the quicker the missing pet can be returned home.

To boost both the usefulness and availability of scanners the NZCAR has partnered with the Pet Accessory Workshop in Europe to roll out a new technology called "Scanner Angel", along with the "Halo Scanner". The advantage of this new technology is that the scanner has the ability to download the list of microchip numbers currently reported as missing on the NZCAR and display this data directly on the Halo Scanner when an animal is scanned.

Updated every time the scanner is plugged in to recharge, this allows people to quickly identify both missing and stolen pets.

Unlike collar based technology the microchip does not go flat, does not fall off, and is not easily removed. While tracking a pet maybe a nice tool, it does not offer the security of microchipping and registration.


May 2015 will see the NZCAR start to giveaway over 650 new Halo Scanners throughout New Zealand. Scanners will be delivered from May 12 2015, and the Scanner Angel system will be operating from 29 May 2015.

The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of places members of the public can check their pets are chipped and registered as well as making it even easier for NZCAR users to ensure lost pets get home.

The BIG advantage for these new scanners is every time they are plugged into a computer with internet access* they update the list of missing microchipped pets currently listed on the NZCAR and Pets on the net. The scanners update the list of missing pet microchip numbers each time they are plugged in to recharge on a Windows PC* with internet access.

The NZCAR hope this new smart scanner will be adopted throughout New Zealand.

The Halo Scanner is also available to private buyers for just $125 + GST per scanner. This make it not only one of the most efficient scanners in New Zealand, but also one of the most affordable too.

For more on Halo Scanners, Scanner Angel or on purchasing a scanner, call 0800 LOST PET (0800 567873)


The FREE scanner giveaway is now concluded with all the free scanners donated around New Zealand. The success of this campaign is such that we are keen to repeat it in the future. The goal is to look at doing this in 2018, subject to funding availability. You are welcome to email the NZCAR if you would like to be advised when the new campaign is opening. To register an interest This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




For more about Scanner Angel and Halo Scanners

Upcoming Meetings

The NZCAC meets 4 times per year as well as holding the annual NZCAC Conference.

Upcoming meetings include:

  • NZCAT Meeting - Mar 17, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAC Meeting - Mar 18, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAT Meeting - Jun 2, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAC Meeting - Jun 3, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAT Meeting - Aug 18, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAC Meeting - Aug 19, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAT Meeting - Nov 17, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA
  • NZCAC Meeting - Nov 18, 2015 - Venue: Auckland SPCA

Other Companion Animal meetings coming soon include:

  • TBA

If you are an NZCAC member and have a meeting you wish to list here please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have them added.

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Getting Lost Pets Home Even Quicker

12 December 2014

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) announced today that it is funding the development of new software and applications to help the leading New Zealand Lost Pet networks to work together and be an even more effective tool in getting pets home.

Using the new software the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) and Pets on the Net will be able to share information as well as introduce a number of new and upgraded tools to make finding lost pets even easier.

Both NZCAR and Pets on the Net already promote each other but this new system will enhance the partnership even further by allowing data sharing, one-stop registration for both systems and a range of new features such as pet matching, improved social media promotion, automatic vet notifications and lost pet poster generation.

The NZCAR is the leading microchipped pet repatriation database in New Zealand, and Pets on the Net is the largest lost and found pet database. Around 700 organisations are registered to use the NZCAR and it has almost 350,000 animals on its records. Pets on the Net is used by SPCA’s and shelters throughout New Zealand, and averages around 500 adverts visible each day and has over 45,000 unique users of the service each month. 

“The synergies of these two systems working as one will help reunite even more lost pets and owners”, says NZCAC Chair Arnja Dale. “By registering with the NZCAR before your pet goes missing and then using your stored data on Pets on the Net after your pet is missing will mean the chances of your pet getting home are significantly increased.”

Visit Pets on the Net, click here.

NZCAR Interactive Scanners

nzcar-scannerAs well as the two lost pet systems working together the NZCAC is also helping fund a new interactive scanner for microchips that will launch in May 2015.

This new scanner not only shows the microchip number, it also displays a message if the microchip has been tagged as missing. Each time the scanner is plugged into a USB port to recharge it automatically updates the list of missing pets.

This new package, called Scanner Angel, has been developed and built in Europe by the Pet Accessory Workshop and is now being used in a number of countries. The NZCAR has been appointed the sole New Zealand partner.

To help establish the Scanner Angel system as an effective lost pet tool the NZCAC will be giving away over 650 scanners, worth over $80,000 to vets, spca’s, shelters and local authorities,. These scanners will be made available to regular users of the NZCAR and Pets on the Net.

The new scanners will also be available for sale with an RRP of just NZ$125 + GST. This top quality scanner will be priced extremely low as part of making microchipping more affordable and more effective.

Why one lost and found system for New Zealand

The major drive behind these new initiatives is the goal to see a single effective system for lost and found pets within New Zealand. 

As Pets on the Net founder Kim Buchanan notes  “Our goal is for 100% of all lost and found pets to be reunited. Our closer relationship with NZCAR and our more effective shared systems will mean that it is going to be even easier for people to find their lost pets.”

Overseas experience has repeatedly shown that a multitude of lost and found systems often mean owners miss out on finding their pets as the animal can be listed on a different system to those the owner is searching.  Australia has  6 major databases and hundreds of smaller notice board systems at clinic, suburb and city level. With so many systems the chances of an animal getting missed are significantly increased.

Establishing a dedicated New Zealand system owned by a not for profit Trust also meant the costs for registration could be kept affordable. Many commercial lost and found systems charge unnecessary annual fees, or worse trap worried owners into paying excessive prices when a pet is actually missing.

The NZCAR fee is a $15 one-off cost at the time of registration, while Pets on the Net offer free lost and found notices for owners. This free cost includes having the ad visible in all searches on, free replying to ads, up to 3 photographs, web links, social media exposure, online missing pet advice as well as support and customer service.

The NZCAR also offers 0800 phone support and advice as well as owner access to their records 24/7. On the NZCAR website,, you can also access other free services such as free lost pet posters and  free vet location maps.

2015 is going to see some major advances in how lost pets in New Zealand get home and the NZCAC is pleased it has helped two leading systems  to be able to work together even more effectively.