Dogs Trust

Compulsory Microchipping: Press Materials

Microchipping is now compulsory

On April 6th 2016, it became a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales to be microchipped.On April 5th, the day before microchipping became compulsory, Dogs Trust received over 1300 calls from dog owners enquiring about getting their dogs chipped.

Dogs Trust has long been campaigning for microchipping to be compulsory, as microchipping is one of the best ways to ensure that your dog could be returned to you, should he become lost or stolen.

Dogs Trust will continue to offer free microchipping by appointment at it's network of rehoming centres, and at various public events throughout the UK. Click here to find your nearest event.

What is microchipping?

Maria Wickes, Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre Manager explains:

Microchipping Q&A:

Click here to read the full Dogs Trust Q&A on microchipping

Regional Statistics:

We have statistics on the numbers of dogs microchipped in each region, which are ready for you to download

Regional Microchipping Infographics ZIP 1.28 MB

Regional Press Releases:

Regional Press Releases ZIP 238 KB

Dogs Trust spokespeople:

We have a range of people at Dogs Trust who can talk about microchipping. We are also happy to facilitate filming at our rehoming centres. To arrange an interview with any of our spokespeople, or to enquire about filming, please contact Dogs Trust Press Office, or call us on 0207 837 0006.

Adrian Burder – CEO, Dogs Trust

Adrian Burder is CEO of Dogs Trust, having previously held the roles of Deputy Chief Executive and Marketing Director at the charity. Adrian has played an instrumental role at the charity for the past 20 years, including a central part in increasing the charity’s annual income from just over £3 million to over £75 million a year. He has also successfully managed brand recognition including the charity’s name change from the National Canine Defence League to Dogs Trust in 2003.

Paula Boyden – Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust

Paula graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. She then spent 11 years in general practice before joining Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health as a veterinary adviser in 2003. She joined Dogs Trust as Deputy Veterinary Director in June 2010 and became Veterinary Director in August 2011.

Paula has a particular interest in the ‘link’; the interrelationship between domestic violence, child abuse and cruelty to animals. She has spoken widely on the subject, is past secretary and current treasurer of the Links Group and has an ongoing involvement in undergraduate training on Non-Accidental Injury (NAI) within the UK veterinary schools.

Paula is also:

  • Treasurer of the Links Group
  • Chair of the newly-formed companion animal steering group within Eurogroup
  • Member of the British Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Policy Group
  • Member of the Microchip Advisory Group

She is available for comment on aspects of animal welfare including UK and EU legislation, microchipping and associated veterinary matters.

Alex Jackson - Head of Campaigns, Dogs Trust

Alex is a campaigning and public affairs professional, and has worked in the Westminster Parliament, and in the private and charity sectors. He was recently appointed Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust.

Since 2009 he has campaigned for better food and farming, for Sustain and, more recently, Compassion In World Farming. At Sustain he was nominated for a BBC Radio Food and Farming award for successfully campaigning for the introduction of legally-binding hospital food standards. At Compassion In World Farming, Alex was Head of European Campaigns, responsible for co-ordinating a number of campaigns aimed at achieving new regulations to improve the welfare of farmed animals in Europe.

He is passionate about the welfare of dogs and farm animals and more sustainable food and farming.

Lee Paris – Campaigns Officer, Dogs Trust

Lee Paris is Campaigns Officer at Dogs Trust. For the past five years Lee has worked on promoting all aspects of responsible dog ownership, and specifically on high profile campaigns designed to end the destruction of healthy dogs, from microchipping to dog fouling. Lee is also responsible for the delivery of the annual Dogs Trust Stray Dogs Survey, which highlights the issue of stray dogs in the UK.

Lee helps to coordinate a UK wide team that hosts free community events throughout the UK offering advice to dog owners on range of issues including microchipping, neutering and dog training, and educating them on becoming the best dog owners they can be.

Jon Gerlis – Campaigns Officer, Dogs Trust

As part of the Campaigns Team, Jon is responsible for delivering high profile campaigns that drive at the heart of Dogs Trust’s mission to ensure no healthy dog is unnecessarily destroyed, by encouraging responsible ownership.

With a background in campaigns and public affairs, Jon has worked on campaigns that deliver the key messages of Dogs Trust, on behalf of our supporters to decision makers on issues surrounding fouling, the trafficking of puppies and microchipping. Jon has a background of working for a variety of different charities as well as for a leading political publications.

Maria Wickes, Dogs Trust Basildon

Maria has worked for Dogs Trust for two years, having taken a career change to make the move into animal welfare. As former rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Basildon, and now part of the Operations team at Dogs Trust HQ, Maria is responsible for each dog’s journey, from when they arrive at the rehoming centre through to being placed into their new home. Maria can advise on aftercare required in making sure the dog settles in with their new family. 

Maria is the proud owner of three rescue dogs.