(Kennel Club Press Release) Lost and found dogs travelled to Westminster to support compulsory microchipping being introduced next year as new figures show almost a quarter of a million dogs have been reunited with their owners* thanks to their microchip and Petlog – the UK’s largest database for microchipped pets.
The reunited dogs and their owners were met by Farming and Animal Welfare Minister, George Eustice and Animal Welfare Shadow Minister, Angela Smith (both pictured below), who spoke about the importance of the new law requiring the microchipping of all dogs in England from April 2016.
The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to dog welfare, has said that by microchipping dogs and keeping personal details up to date, thousands more dogs could be identified and reunited with their owners instead of facing possible destruction.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The legislation will go a long way towards improving dog welfare by ensuring that dog owners are more aware of their responsibilities. By having their dogs microchipped, owners also greatly increase their chances of being reunited with a missing pet.
“The dogs that travelled to Westminster today with their owners have all been reunited with their owner thanks to their microchip. Some of them had gone missing and some of them were stolen but thanks to the foresight of their owners in getting them chipped, they were able to be successfully reunited.”
Speaking at the event, Farming and Animal Welfare Minister, George Eustice said: “Microchips are already helping hundreds of thousands of lost or stolen dogs to be reunited with their owners, so the benefits are clear.
“Microchipping is quick and easy to do, and is offered for free by a number of dog charities. It becomes compulsory in April next year, but don’t leave it until the last minute – get your dog microchipped now.”
The Kennel Club is dedicated to reuniting dogs and owners through its reunification database, Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets.
It holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits of microchipping. Rehoming lost and stolen dogs costs taxpayers and dog charities around £33m a year.
All dog owners in England have until 6 April 2016 to microchip their dog and register them with a government compliant microchip database. After that date, all puppies must be microchipped and registered with a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
Anyone who does not have their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped, and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
Dog owners should also remember to update their details when they move house to ensure their pets can be traced back to them accurately.
The microchipping regulations do not affect the requirement for collars and tags as part of the Control of Dogs Order 1992.
For more information go to www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk