Dogs Trust

Chip, chip hooray: Dogs Trust counts down to compulsory microchipping!

With just three weeks to go until microchipping becomes compulsory in Wales, England and Scotland (6th April) Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, welcomed Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food to discuss the impending law change, with a little help from its oversized yellow mascot Dogcilla!

The visit, which took place on Thursday 17th March, gave Rebecca Evans the chance to meet some of the furry residents at Dogs Trust Bridgend whilst Dogs Trust representatives were also on hand to talk about the benefits of compulsory microchipping and the importance of keeping a dog’s microchip database details up to date.

Over the past two years, Dogs Trust has been touring the country with its four tonne, 3.2 metre high yellow mascot Dogcilla in a bid to raise awareness of this important aspect of dog welfare ahead of the impending law change on April 6th when it will be compulsory for all dogs in Wales, England and Scotland to be microchipped. Dogcilla has already travelled the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference 5.8 times and will continue on her quest to ensure as many dogs as possible across the UK are microchipped by  6th April.

Sian Edwards, Dogs Trust Campaigns Manager for Wales comments,

“For many years Dogs Trust has campaigned tirelessly to bring about the introduction of compulsory microchipping and registration. We are therefore extremely pleased to welcome the legislation which will go a long way to improving dog welfare and responsible ownership.”

“As the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust is striving for the day when all dogs can be free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Microchipping is the most effective permanent way to assist in a lost dog being returned to their owner which in turn reduces the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep. To ensure lost dogs have the best possible chance of being swiftly reunited with their families, it is imperative 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 has committed to ensuring dog owners have access to free microchipping at one of our many drop-in events across the country and at our 21 Rehoming Centres across the UK and Ireland before it becomes compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales on 6th April 2016. To find out about free chipping events in your area, please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk.”

Ahead of the impending legislation, Rebecca Evans said:

“Animal welfare is a priority of the Welsh Government, in line with the Welsh Animal Health and Welfare Framework.  Our new microchipping legislation, which comes into force on 6 April is part of a series of measures aimed at improving dog welfare in Wales. This has included the introduction of higher dog breeding standards, the commissioning of a review led by the RSPCA in conjunction with key stakeholders including Dogs Trust into responsible dog ownership and a review into the use of electronic shock collars on cats and dogs in Wales.  

“The ability to trace all dogs back to their owners through a microchip should further encourage more responsible ownership and help in the control of dangerous and nuisance dogs by creating a link between a dog and its owner. Pet owners are also far more likely to be reunited with their animals if they are lost, stolen or injured if they have been microchipped.”

Microchipping is a simple and effective tool which 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.