Dogs Trust

Last day surge for microchipping sees record breaking number of dogs chipped in a session

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity was delighted to be able to welcome Scottish Parliamentary candidate for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Dr Alasdair Allan, to a microchipping event on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland on Tuesday 5th April.

The event, which took place just one day before compulsory microchipping legislation came into effect, was a huge success, with a record number of local residents bringing their four legged friends along to the Bridge Centre in Stornoway to take advantage of the free microchipping service on offer.

A whopping 376 dogs were chipped on the day while Dogs Trust representatives were also on hand to offer advice and answer any general queries, as well as reminding dog owners of the importance of keeping their microchip database details up to date.

Dr Allan was able to talk with members of the constituency and discuss their views on the issue, while learning just how vital compulsory microchipping is in reuniting stray dogs with their owners and deterring dog theft.

Commenting on the event, SNP candidate for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan said:

“I'd once again like to put on record my thanks to the Dogs Trust for agreeing to come up and provide this service completely free of charge to islanders. I would also like to thank the veterinary nurses for the record number of dogs they were able to chip in such a short period of time.

"I think the demand for this was clearly evident from the immense queue that formed outside the venue. All of the dog owners I spoke to understood the need for the change in legislation and seemed to appreciate the peace of mind this would bring them if their pet ever got lost.

"While the new laws on microchipping have now come into effect, it is not too late to get your dog chipped. All you have to do is make an appointment at the vets. It's a quick and simple procedure and I would urge all dog owners who have not already done so to arrange to get their pet chipped.”