The UK’s largest dog welfare charity has launched a “Free Microchipping Through Vets” campaign, offering owners the opportunity to microchip their dog free of charge through UK vet practices.
The campaign, which launched yesterday (April 1, 2014), will run for a period of 12 months, during which time Dogs Trust will provide free microchips to all vet practices signed up to the campaign.
With microchipping set to be made compulsory for all dogs in England in April 2016 (and Wales in March 2015), and with an estimated 20% of dogs in the UK still unchipped, the charity believes demand for the procedure is likely to be significant over the coming year.
More than 1,500 practices have already joined the campaign, and the charity hopes that as many as 75% of the 3,075 vet practices in England and Wales will have signed up in the next few weeks.
Dogs Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin
said: “We are delighted about the proposed new legislation and see it as the start of a very positive movement
. From April 2016 in England and March 2015 in Wales it will be compulsory for each and every dog to be microchipped on first change of hands which represents a significant step forward for dog welfare
and responsible dog ownership.
“To show its support for the implementation of this legislation, Dogs Trust is teaming up with vets to make sure that all dog owners can have the procedure done for free. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the vet practices already supporting the campaign and urge others to come on board. An essential element to the success of microchipping is for dog owners to take responsibility for updating their details with the database should their circumstances change.”
“Last year 111,986 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across the UK, with only 40% reunited with their owners. This initiative will help to reduce that number dramatically.”
- To join the campaign vet practices should contact Dogs Trust at email@example.com
- Members of the public can find participating vets via the Microchipping Through Vets hotline on 0330 123 0334.