Tuesday, 08 March 2016

New Website Launches To Help Boost Awareness Of Compulsory Microchipping

The Kennel Club and Petlog have launched a new website to help make the new law regarding the compulsory microchipping of dogs as straightforward as possible for dog owners.

The website is a one-stop shop for everything people need to know about compulsory microchipping, from checking a microchip to advice, tips and downloads for breeders, vets, dog owners and more, to ensure all dog owners and breeders are complying with the law.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, is dedicated to reuniting dogs and owners through its reunification database, Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. The organisation campaigned for compulsory microchipping as part of the Microchipping Alliance.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The new website was created to answer any questions that dog owners, breeders, vets and local authorities may have on anything related to compulsory microchipping. One of the main concerns voiced by dog owners regarding compulsory microchipping legislation, related to how it impacts them specifically, especially with different regulations across England, Wales and Scotland.

“The legislation will go a long way towards improving dog welfare by greatly increasing dog owners’ chances of being reunited with a missing pet and we hope this website helps increase awareness of everyone’s individual responsibilities when the new law comes into force in April.”

Commenting on the benefits of compulsory microchipping, Animal Welfare Minister, George Eustice said: “Microchipping is vital for good dog welfare and a simple solution for responsible pet owners to provide peace of mind and ensure your much-loved dog can be traced.

“Microchipping our dogs will not only help to reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also help to tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and local authorities. I welcome efforts from industry to help raise awareness of these benefits and make it as easy as possible for people to get their dogs chipped.”

All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland have until 6th April 2016 to have their dog microchipped 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 6th April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped, and failure to do so may result in a fine.

The microchipping regulations do not affect the requirement for collars and tags as part of the Control of Dogs Order 1992.

To view the new website please visit www.chipitcheckit.co.uk.

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