Thousands of pet owners risk losing their much-loved pets by not updating their dog’s microchip details.

Research by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home reveals that less than one in three stray dogs found by or taken to Local Authorities are microchipped with accurate contact details for their owner. Even more worrying is the fact that 35% of stray dogs don’t have any microchip at all.

Reuniting Lost Dogs

Battersea is calling on pet owners, vets and microchip providers to do more to help ensure lost dogs can be reunited with their owners. According to its research, Battersea found that under 30% of stray dogs collected from our streets by Local Authority dog wardens are microchipped with up-to-date details.

Battersea Chief Executive, Claire Horton, says: “It’s very worrying that several years after compulsory dog microchipping was introduced by the Government, many stray dogs are still found without a microchip. Microchipping is such a simple, painless procedure for dogs, and many rescue centres provide this service free of charge. It can save an awful lot of heartache for any pet owners whose dog does run off and will prevent thousands of dogs ending up homeless every year.”

It is important to note that you can be charged up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped.

One example is two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Roxy. Roxy was lost in South London and was taken to Battersea by a concerned member of the public. Thankfully Roxy had an up-to-date microchip and she was able to go home. If she hadn’t have had correct microchip details, the story could be very different.

Claire Horton adds: “We think more can be done to improve the current situation and ensure microchipping enables stray dogs to be returned home safely. All stakeholders can do their bit to improve the current situation – from database companies, to vets, to welfare organisations.”

Pets Corner

Pets Corner in PE1 has a variety of services and products on offer to its customers and their furry friends. This includes pet ID tags, ID tag engraving and microchip compatible pet accessories. Be sure to pay them a visit with your four-legged friends to ensure your animals can be easily identified.

For more information about microchipping, visit: gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped

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