Petlog, the lost-and-found database run by The Kennel Club (KC), took the opportunity to present microchip scanners to KC breed rescue organisations at Crufts this year as part of its commitment to support compulsory microchipping in England and Wales.
From March 1, 2015 in Wales and April 6, 2016 in England, all dogs will be required to have a microchip with their details recorded on an authorised microchip database. Rescue organisations, veterinary practices, local authorities, the police and dog wardens will all have scanners and be encouraged to scan routinely.
Petlog, through a donation from the KC’s charitable trust, has pledged to donate microchip scanners to all 332 of the KC breed rescue organisations over the next couple of months.
Petlog’s Celia Walsom said: “One way to reduce the number of dogs that need to be rehomed is by improving the service of reuniting them with their owners, and the microchip is a fantastic way of doing this.
“Petlog has always been dedicated to reuniting missing pets with their owners and holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate all involved with pets on the benefits of microchipping.
“Compulsory microchipping will go a long way towards improving dog welfare and we hope our pledge to donate microchip scanners to KC breed rescue organisations will assist with reuniting dogs with their owners more quickly and help breed rescue resources while ensuring dogs are not unnecessarily kennelled or rehomed.”
Garbo Garnham of Garbo’s German Shepherd Dog Rescue, which received a scanner at Crufts, said: “I’m delighted to receive a new scanner. I’m very passionate about microchipping and have been a registered implanter for more than 18 years and I would never be without a scanner. We microchip all of our dogs and the new scanner will help us to provide a better, more efficient service for the dogs.
“Thank you to Petlog and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their kind donation.”