Micro chipping Month
14/06/2011 Battersea Calls for it to me made a requirement
Battersea Dogs and Cats and Cats home has revealed that over two thirds of the stray dogs it takes in are not micro chipped. This month is Micro chipping month and Battersea are hoping to raise awareness and put pressure on the Government to make the procedure a legal requirement. The re homing centre receives around 12 dogs a week and many of them could be returned to their owners if they were micro chipped.
The microchip is inserted into the dogs neck and the code, when scanned, reveals the details of the dogs owner from a central database.
Liz McWalter, Battersea’s Head of Intake and Assessing, said “Every time a dog arrives at our door without a microchip I am dismayed. It is such a simple, quick, cheap and painless procedure, and one that can make the difference between never seeing your dog again, and being reunited quickly. I would urge everyone to chip their pet straight away.”
The central data base needs to be advised if any dog owner moves so that the information is always relevant. For dog owners, a collar and tag are legal requirements. The tag should have all of the relevant information such as contact number, name, address and post code.