Dogs Trust Northern Ireland microchip one thousand dogs
Dogs Trust’s campaign team in Northern Ireland have reached a huge milestone after microchipping 1,000 dogs in just one year.
The team, which is based at Dogs Trust Ballymena, operate a mobile microchipping unit and run events throughout Northern Ireland in a bid to ensure responsible dog ownership in local communities. Northern Ireland was the first part of the UK to make microchipping compulsory for all dogs in 2012.
Dogs Trust Campaign Officer, Deirdre O’Neill, said:
“This is a major landmark for Dogs Trust as microchipping, collar and tagging is proven to be the most effective way to reunite lost dogs with their owners.
“Our mobile microchipping unit is a great way of engaging with local communities to continue raising awareness of this legislation so that more dog owners come forward and ensure their dog can always be returned to them should they go missing.
“It’s important for Dogs Trust to provide the public with the tools and information they need to practice responsible dog ownership, whilst giving their pets the best possible life.”
“It is important that we continue to raise awareness of microchipping, collar and tagging so that more dog owners come forward to ensure their dog can always be returned to them, should they go missing. Anyone who has ever lost their pet will agree it is very distressing and the worst part is not knowing where they are.”
Oonagh Phillips, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Ballymena said:
“We are very proud of the campaigns team’s success and this achievement also supports our rehoming efforts too. It is important that families who adopt from us are aware of the requirement on their part to keep their new pet’s microchip details up-to-date throughout their dog’s life.”
If you are interested in adopting a dog, please get in touch with Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0300 303 0292, or to find out about Microchipping your dog, click here.
There are a number of free microchipping events taking place across Northern Ireland. For more information please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk