Dog owners are being encouraged to get their pets microchipped ahead of a new law which will make it compulsory this year.
From April 2016, a change in the law in England will state that all dogs aged eight weeks or older must be microchipped and registered on an authorised microchip database.
Microchipping is a quick, simple and painless procedure which implants a chip the size of a grain of rice into the neck of a dog.
The unique 15-digit microchip code is then assigned to the dog for life, with the owner’s contact details saved on an authorised database.
Jerry Green Dog Rescue charity, which has nearby centres in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, is encouraging the owners.
Jacqui Bell, CEO of the charity, said they are welcoming the new law. She said: “Not only will it help reunite lost dogs and owners, it will also provide an element of closure for owners whose dogs have been fatally injured.
“If you’ve recently moved house, taken ownership of a puppy or you’re yet to get your dog microchipped, this is the perfect time to update your details or book your family pet in for the simple procedure.
“As a dog owner myself I can imagine how dreadful it is to have your dog slip its collar and run off.
“But if the worst happens, I’d like to think someone would take my dog to the nearest vet to be scanned.”
As well as offering advice on a number of dog-related issues, the teams at Jerry Green Dog Rescue offer a microchipping service in return for a donation to the charity.
The donations offer peace of mind and helps fund the general running costs of the centres.
The charity has five centres Thirsk in North Yorkshire, Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, Gilberdyke in East Yorkshire, Broughton in North Lincolnshire and Algarkirk in Lincolnshire.
To book your dog in for microchipping contact your the centre for an appointment by visiting their website at www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk/RescueCentres Click here
For more information about microchipping, email Jerry Green Dog Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01652 650886.