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Petlog Presents Microchip Scanners to Kennel Club Breed Rescues at Crufts

Petlog has presented microchip scanners to Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations at the world's biggest dog show, Crufts 2014, as part of its commitment to support the successful implementation of compulsory microchipping in England and Wales.

Petlog, through a kind donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, has pledged to donate microchip scanners to all 332 Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations over the next couple of months in a bid to assist in reuniting dogs with their owners more quickly and effectively, alleviating the problem of dogs being rehomed unnecessarily.

Celia Walsom, Petlog spokesperson said: "One way to reduce the number of dogs that need to be rehomed is by improving the service of reuniting them with their owners, and the microchip is a fantastic way of doing this."

From 1st March 2015 in Wales and 6th April 2016 in England, all dogs will be required to have a microchip with their details recorded on an authorised microchip database. Rescue organisations, veterinary practices, local authorities, the police and dog wardens will all have scanners and be encouraged to scan routinely.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust commented: "When a dog is lost it is extremely distressing, but knowing that it can be quickly identified by a wide range of organisations, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations, will - we hope - be a great comfort and lead quickly to people being reunited with their dogs."

Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets has worked alongside organisations including the British Veterinary Nurses Association as part of the Microchipping Alliance to make permanent identification compulsory for all dogs since 2009.

Celia continued: "Petlog has always been dedicated to reuniting missing pets with their owners and holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate all involved with pets on the benefits of microchipping.

"Compulsory microchipping will go a long way towards improving dog welfare and we hope that our pledge to donate microchip scanners to Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations will assist with reuniting dogs with their owners more quickly and help breed rescue resources while ensuring dogs are not unnecessarily kennelled or rehomed."

Garbo Garnham, the founder of Garbo's German Shepherd Dog Rescue, commented: "I'm delighted to receive a new scanner. I'm very passionate about microchipping and have been a registered implanter for over 18 years and I would never be without a scanner. We microchip all of our dogs and the new scanner will help us to provide a better, more efficient service for the dogs.

"We always ring Petlog when a dog comes into our care as they help me identify the owner if the dog has been microchipped. Thank you to Petlog and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their kind donation."