(Battersea Press Release) Only 30 per cent of stray dogs that have arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home since the beginning of the year were able to be reunited with their worried owners.
With only 30 days until it is compulsory for every dog in England, Scotland and Wales to be microchipped, the world-famous rescue centre has revealed the difficulties it faces reuniting lost pets with their owners.
Only 51 out of the 159 lost and stray pets (32%) that have arrived at the animal charity’s three centres over the last two months were claimed by their owners, and 35 are still looking for new homes. Dogs often can’t be reunited with their owners because they either don’t have a microchip or the chip’s details are out of date.
Steven Craddock, Battersea’s Intake Manager, said: “With only 30 days to go until microchipping for dogs is compulsory, owners need to chip their dogs so they don’t have to suffer the heartache and trauma of losing a pet forever.
Our statistics show that we’re only able to reunite a small percentage of strays with their owners because the dog doesn’t have a microchip or the details are out of date. This causes unnecessary stress for both the animal and the owner.”
Owners have seven days to claim a missing pet before the charity can legally start looking for a new home for the dog. Last year Battersea took in 1,248 stray dogs and welcomes the new microchipping law which will require all owners in England, Scotland and Wales to have their dogs microchipped by 6 April.
Steven added: “It’s incredibly heart-warming to see the relief on an owner’s face when they’re reunited with their missing pet. We take in around 13 dogs every day and we could ensure many more pets find their way home, if every dog was microchipped.”
Battersea’s Community Engagement team visit areas in and around our three centres in London, Brands Hatch in Kent and Old Windsor in Berkshire to run events on responsible pet ownership. Many of these events offer free dog microchipping, dog tag engraving, pet care advice, dog agility and children’s activities.
If you have lost or found a cat or dog, please visit Battersea’s website: www.battersea.org.uk to file a report or call our Lost Dogs & Cats Line as soon as possible on 0207 627 9245 – lines are open between 8am and 6pm seven days a week.
For more information on Battersea and responsible dog ownership, please visit: www.battersea.org.uk/chipandtagevents