Compulsory microchipping – what it means for you?
Currently over 8,000 dogs in Britain are euthanised each year because they cannot be reunited with their owners. By having their dogs microchipped and keeping contact details up to date with their microchip database, owners greatly increase their chances of being reunited with a missing pet. The microchipping of dogs will become compulsory in England from 6 April 2016 and will aim to stop thousands of dogs needlessly being destroyed.
Petlog has launched a new video to showcase the responsibilities of dog owners in England once microchipping becomes compulsory in England in April 2016. The video was launched to coincide with new figures being that reveal almost a quarter of a million dogs have been reunited with their owners thanks to their microchip and Petlog – the UK’s largest database for microchipped pets.
The Kennel Club is dedicated to reuniting dogs and owners through its reunification database, Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. It holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits of microchipping.
All dog owners in England have until 6 April 2016 to microchip their dog and register them with a government compliant microchip database. After that date, all puppies must be microchipped and registered with a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Anyone who does not have their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped, and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
In addition to having your dog microchipped it will be compulsory for dog owners to keep their contact details up to date so owners are reminded to update their details whenever they move home or change telephone numbers to ensure their pet can always be reunited. It is also worth noting that the microchipping regulations do not affect the requirement for collars and tags. Every dog while on a public highway or public place must continue to wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it or a plate or badge attached to it.
For more information on microchipping and the new law please visit www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk.