Dogs Trust

Chip, chip hooray!

Dogs Trust Manchester will be hosting a free microchipping event at its Denton-based rehoming centre on Sunday 21st February and is calling on local dog owners to take advantage of this important service before it becomes a legal requirement on 6th April.

The drop in service, to be held from 10am to 4pm, will provide free chips to local dog owners while Dogs Trust representatives will also be on hand to offer advice and promote responsible dog ownership.

Compulsory microchipping will become law in England, Wales and Scotland on 6th April 2015, which means it will be a legal requirement for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped by this date and the details on the microchip database are kept up to date.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust comments,

“For many years Dogs Trust has campaigned tirelessly to bring about the introduction of compulsory microchipping and registration. Therefore, we are very 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 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 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 20 rehoming centres across the UK before it becomes compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales on 6th April 2016.”

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. To find out more please contact Dogs Trust Manchester on 0161 337 3600.