WITH microchipping set to be made compulsory for all dogs in England in April 2016 — and with an estimated 20 per cent of dogs in the UK still unchipped — demand for the procedure is likely to be significant over the coming year according to Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.
As a result, the charity has launched the Free Microchipping Through Vets Campaign to offer all owners the opportunity to microchip their dog free of charge through vet practices.
Dogs Trust is extremely grateful to the 1,500-plus practices who have already joined the campaign and hopes that as many as 75 per cent of the 3,075 vet practices in England and Wales will have signed up in the next few weeks. Please call 0330 123 0334 to find out about participating vets in your area.
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. Compulsory microchipping was successfully introduced in Northern Ireland in 2012 and England and Wales are set to follow suit in 2016 and 2015 respectively.