Animal Trust Veterinary Surgeons has teamed up with national charity Dog’s Trust to offer free microchipping for dogs living in the Manchester area.
The group has two sites and will run the microchipping clinic on weekday afternoons at its new branch in Failsworth, north Manchester, depending on stock availability. The offer is part of the vet group’s initiative to promote responsible pet ownership.
Veterinary surgeon and director Owen Monie highlighted the group’s commitment to providing affordable pet care: “We’re delighted to be working with Dog’s Trust on this project,” he said.
“At Animal Trust our goal is to ensure high quality veterinary care is accessible to everyone.
“Eligibility for the free microchip is not means-dependent – we want to help drive the message that taking good care of your pet sits hand-in-hand with being a responsible pet owner.
“Being microchipped means if your dog is lost or stolen it can be reunited with you very quickly, helping avoid a lengthy stay in kennels.”
Microchipping is to be compulsory for all dogs in England from April 6, 2016 and from March 1, 2015 in Wales, following announcements made by Westminster and the Welsh Government.
Local authorities and police, dog wardens and vets will have microchip scanners and any dog found straying or acting dangerously will be scanned and its owner identified.
Where a dog is not chipped, advice will be given on the benefits and the owner given a short period to comply with the law. Fines of up to £500 will be imposed for non-compliance.
The Animal Trust microchip clinic is open to all dog owners, and more than one dog can be presented.
Pet owners do not have to be existing clients of Animal Trust; however, owners will need to register their contact details to go on to a national microchip database.
Owners of already microchipped pets can take their pet for a microchip check.
Appointments can be booked by telephoning 0161 667 6545 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org