Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Using an enormous amount of money raised in cooperation with People’s Postcode Lottery, they plan to offer free micro-chipping to all dogs in the country at any of their 20 locations.
Legislation will take effect in April 2016 requiring the micro-chipping of all dogs, and Dogs Trust hopes to help with it’s special chipping events taking place across the UK.
There is an estimated 8.9 million dogs in the UK with 24% of households owning a dog. Since 1999 they’ve micro-chipped over 700,000 dogs, but there is still 1,870,000 dogs who haven’t been chipped yet.
Micro Chips are slightly larger than a grain of rice.
“Stray dog numbers in the UK are unacceptably high, but we know that in the last year microchips have helped local authorities alone to reunite 10,084 dogs with their owners. We would urge all dog owners to take up our free chipping offer to help increase the likelihood of their dog being returned to them if they stray. If your dog is found without a microchip, or with incorrect contact details, they could be left open to an uncertain fate in a Council pound where kennel space and funding is stretched.”
Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder
In total, Dogs Trust received £175,000 from People’s Postcode Lottery which they will be using not only to pay for the micro-chipping of dogs, but also to care for the 17,000 dogs which arrive each year.
Visit Chip My Dog.org to learn more about getting your dog chipped and where you can find a participating centre, practice or roadshow.