The Dogs Trust showcased its new website with the support of a host of MPs at a House of Commons reception.

The website is a unique “one stop shop” for all microchipping queries. Members of the public are now just a click away from a wealth of information on this important element of dog welfare, including:
  • details of free microchipping activity across the UK via a quick and easy postcode search
  • advice on how to update microchip details with a click-through function to UK databases
  • guidance on the upcoming change of law in England and Wales
  • advice on what to do if you have lost or found a dog
  • frequently asked questions on all elements of microchipping

To mark the launch of the site, MPs were invited to take part in a photo opportunity on October 28, which saw them manning a mocked up “chip van” that appears to offer free microchips to queues of dogs, and even a few fellow parliamentarians.

The event was sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who spoke about the importance of microchipping as a vital component of dog welfare and responsible ownership

Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley then announced the publication of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014, which will now be laid before both Houses of Parliament before becoming law on April 6, 2016.

Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust CEO, said: “Microchipping has been at the heart of Dogs Trust activities for a long time and we’re now looking forward to an exciting few years during which it will become compulsory in England, Wales and, we hope, Scotland. will be the portal for all microchipping questions and we hope it will ensure no dog is left un-chipped when the laws change.

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