Local MP and Dogs Trust host largest microchipping event to date as compliance looms
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, with two rehoming centres in Scotland, joined forces with Cunninghame South MSP Margaret Burgess on Monday (22nd February) to provide free microchipping for all dogs and promote responsible dog ownership in the community.
The event, at the Volunteer Rooms, High Street, Irvine, was held just 44 days ahead of the upcoming compulsory microchipping legislation which takes effect on 6th April.
In total a record breaking 280 dogs were chipped, the most achieved by the Dogs Trust chipping team in one session. Each dog’s microchip will ensure that, should they ever get lost, they can quickly be reunited with their owner.
Margaret Burgess MSP commented,
“It was great to meet so many local people taking up the opportunity to have their dogs chipped in advance of the deadline. They now have the reassurance that should their pet go astray it will be easily traced back to them.
“My thanks to Debbie and Lisa, the Dogs Trust chipping team, who worked so hard to deal with the huge numbers who turned up on the day.”
Microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs in Scotland from April 2016, a measure for which Dogs Trust has long campaigned. This simple and effective tool promotes responsible dog ownership and helps to rapidly reunite lost or straying pets with their owners. This in turn reduces the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep and saves money for local authorities by cutting kennelling costs.
To ensure lost dogs have the best possible chance of being swiftly reunited with their owner, it is hugely important that owners ensure their dog always wears a collar and a tag displaying their contact details, and that they keep their microchip database details up to date.
Dogs Trust are offering free microchipping at a series of drop-in events. Click here to find your nearest event.