The Welsh Conservatives have teamed up with the Kennel Club and Petlogto urge all pet owners to have their animals microchipped as part ofNational Microchipping Month 2009 throughout June.

Representatives from the Kennel Club met with Conservative Assembly Members to talk about the importance of microchipping. AMs including Nick Bourne, Angela Burns and Brynle Williams scanned dogs to show how easy it is to check for their unique ID which is held on the UKs largest pet database, Petlog.

National Microchipping Month aims to encourage and promote responsible pet ownership through microchipping as the preferred method of permanent pet identification. The scheme is run by Petlog, which is owned and managed by the Kennel Club and has over 3.7m pets registered, with 40,000 new pets added to the database each month.

Welsh Conservative Assembly Members (from L to R): Mark Isherwood, Nick Bourne, Angela Burns, Andrew R T Davies, Nick Ramsay, Alun Cairns and Brynle Williams with Milo the Corgi and Vanna the Borzoi

Kennel Club director of communications, Caroline Kisko, said: “The importance of microchipping your beloved pet cannot be underestimated, and we aim throughout June to show more people than ever just how quick and painless the process is. We are grateful to the Welsh Conservatives for their help in highlighting responsible pet ownership and microchipping as the preferred method of identification.”

Nick Bourne, AM for mid and west Wales, said: “Microchipping is a huge part of being a responsible dog owner. I have tabled a Statement of Opinion on this topic and call on all pet owners to ensure their animals are microchipped as National Microchipping Month so rightly stresses. Thousands of animals are reunited through microchipping and I urge vets as well as pet owners to spread the word of just how vital microchipping is.”

Petlog will be running further events throughout June to promote National Microchipping Month to find out more information or to get involved visit www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk

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