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Members Of Scottish Parliament Support Kennel Club Campaign To Help Save Thousands Of Dogs Each Year Through Microchipping

19 June 2014    11:00
L-R Minister for Environment & Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse and Kenneth Gibson MSP who sponsored the event

MSPs attend event for Kennel Club's 'Chip it, Check it' campaign at Scottish Parliament to help save the lives of over 8,000 lost dogs each year in the UK*

Campaign raises awareness of the importance of microchipping and keeping information up to date

Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse expressed support at National Microchipping Month event in Scottish Parliament

Over 8,000 dogs euthanised each year because their owners cannot be found could be saved if dog owners 'Chip it, Check it' the Kennel Club and Kenneth Gibson MSP, have highlighted.

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. 

The event, in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, aimed to raise awareness of the new 'Chip it, Check it' education campaign, highlighting the many benefits of microchipping and checking contact details are up to date. Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse also spoke in support of the issue as part of the Kennel Club's National Microchipping Month during the reception which was backed by Members of the Scottish Parliament and animal welfare organisations.

A consultation held recently by the Scottish Government sought views on the introduction of compulsory microchipping. Elsewhere in England and Wales, regulations are currently being brought forward to 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. It is hoped that Scotland will also introduce similar regulations.

Speaking at the event, sponsoring MSP Kenneth Gibson, said:  "National Microchipping Month is an ideal occasion to highlight the many benefits of microchipping. Campaigns like 'Chip it, Check it' serve as a vital reminder to all pet owners to check that their information is up to date on the microchip database which will assist in reuniting owners with dogs that have strayed and will help to reduce the stress for both the dog and owner alike. Other important benefits include reducing the time a dog will spend in animal welfare establishments or local authority kennels leading to savings for local authorities and welfare charities".

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 of microchipping.

Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko commented "The introduction of a requirement to permanently identify a dog through compulsory microchipping would 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 necessary and positive step forward for responsible dog ownership and bringing dogs and owners back together more quickly and effectively and as such hopes that the government will soon confirm their intention to introduce regulations and further prove for their commitment to improving dog welfare".

National Microchipping Month runs throughout June. For more information go to


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