- Kennel club launches 'Chip it, Check it' campaign to
help save the lives of over 8,000 lost dogs each year in the
- Campaign launched to raise awareness of microchipping
becoming compulsory by law from April 2016
- Defra Minister Lord de Mauley expressed support at
National Microchipping Month event in Westminster
Over 8,000 dogs euthanised each year because their owner cannot
be found could be saved if dog owners 'Chip it, Check it' the
Kennel Club and Lord de Mauley, Minister for the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), have highlighted today
The organisation, the UK's largest dedicated to dog welfare, has
said that by microchipping dogs and keeping personal details up to
date, thousands of otherwise doomed dogs could be identified and
reunited with their owners instead of facing possible destruction
in the pound.
In addition to this, around 40,000 lost and stray dogs have to
be rehomed each year because their owners cannot be found.
These dogs could have been reunited with their owners if
those owners microchipped their dogs and kept personal details up
to date on their database.
The Defra Minister highlighted the importance of microchipping
and checking contact details are up to date as part of the Kennel
Club's National Microchipping Month during an event in Old Palace
Yard, Westminster. The event launched the new 'Chip it, Check
it' education campaign intended to inform the public about the
change in law from April 2016 and was supported by Members of
Parliament and animal welfare organisations.
Regulations due to be laid shortly as secondary regulations
under the Animal Welfare Act, will place a requirement on owners to
have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the databases
available. Owners will also be expected to be responsible for
ensuring the information is kept up to date in order to have the
best chance of reuniting them with their pet.
Speaking at the event, Lord de Mauley said:
"When a much loved dog goes missing it is heart-breaking for the
owners - a microchip, which takes minutes to insert, can mean the
difference between a dog being returned home, or ending up in a
rehoming centre where they could be put to sleep. But it is
important owners ensure their details are up to date - campaigns
such as these help to highlight this and act as a reminder that
microchipping will be compulsory in England from April 2016."
The Kennel Club is dedicated to reuniting dog and owner through
its reunification database Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found
database for microchipped pets, and holds National Microchipping
Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko commented "The
introduction of a requirement to permanently identify a dog through
compulsory microchipping will go a long way towards improving the
current situation surrounding stray dogs by reducing the need for
unidentified lost dogs to be rehomed or euthanised. The Kennel Club
views regulation as a positive step forward for responsible dog
ownership and bringing dogs and owners back together more quickly
and effectively and as such thanks the government for their
commitment to improving dog welfare".
National Microchipping Month runs throughout June. For more
information go to www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk
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