Since 6 April 2016 all dog owners are required to have their dogs microchipped.
Microchipping permanently identifies a dog. A microchip - about the size of a grain of rice - is implanted under the skin of a dog by injection, usually within the scruff of the neck. The owner’s contact details are then recorded against the number of the microchip and stored on a national database.
Dogs Trust has set aside a substantial investment to ensure that every owner can have their dog chipped. Compulsory microchipping is the single most effective way to get a dog returned to its owner. Prevention is better and cheaper than cure. Much as we love the dogs we collect, we’d prefer that they stay with their owners.
The new law aims to reduce a rise in stray dogs nationally. Owners who fail to comply with the new legislation could face a fine of up to £500.
If a dog strays and is found by a warden or a vet, it can be scanned for a microchip. The owner can be contacted and reunited with their pet as soon as possible.
If your dog is already microchipped, it is essential to keep your details up to date. Please contact the relevant microchipping company if your details have changed.