Microchipping will soon be compulsory for all dog owners in England, following an announcement made by the Westminster Government that has been welcomed by Dogs Trust. The Welsh Government has also announced that microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs in Wales by 1st March 2015
Get your dog microchipped and have the assurance that should he become lost (or be stolen), he is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.
Benefits of Microchipping
Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:
- All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
- Deterrent to dog theft
- Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
- Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures
- Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly
It is important to Dogs Trust that all owners are given the opportunity to microchip their dog, regardless of cost. Although we have put money aside to offer free microchipping at our Centres, as a charity we would appreciate any donations that can help us with this scheme.
Dogs Trust microchips all dogs that come into our Rehoming Centres before they are rehomed.