Dogs Trust receives over 1300 Microchipping enquiries in seven hours the day before law change
Yesterday (5th April) Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity recorded a huge increase in calls from dog owners rushing to get their dogs microchipped, the day before the law changes, with over seven hundred calls already by 1pm, and a total of 1395 calls recorded by the end of the day.
By today (6th April) all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped, and their details kept up to date in order for their owners to comply with the new regulation. Dogs Trust has dedicated itself to campaigning for microchipping to be a legal requirement, and has offered free microchipping since 1999 both at its network of rehoming centres throughout the UK, and at free microchipping events, and will continue to offer free microchipping by appointment, after 6th April.
In March, Dogs Trust recorded over 6,000 Microchipping enquiries, more than eight times the amount received during the same period last year, and 1700 calls in the first four days of April, from dog owners hoping to get their dog chipped before the new law comes into force.
Dogs Trust has also seen huge queues of dog owners at their microchipping events, with people waiting hours to get their dogs chipped for free by the charity.
Alex Jackson, Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust says:
“We are really encouraged to see thousands of people every day throughout England, Wales and Scotland, having their dog microchipped in the lead up to 6th April. They’re doing so not just because it will then become a legal requirement but because they now see it as the best means by which to be reunited with their dog should they be lost or stolen.
“Dogs Trust has long campaigned for this change in the law and we are thrilled that we have been able to help thousands of people across the UK get their dogs chipped; a key part of being a responsible dog owner. We’ll still be offering free microchipping by appointment at all of our rehoming centres after 6th April and would encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to get their dog microchipped and, for those who have done so already, to double check that their contact details are up to date.”
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