Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Fwd: Supporting National Microchipping Month

Dear Mr Jones, This month marks National Microchipping Month.

By April 2016 all dog owners in England will be legally required to have their dogs microchipped and any puppy born from then onwards will need to be microchipped by their breeder by the time they are 8 weeks old (other than in exceptional circumstances). It will also be a requirement for dog owners to ensure their dog’s microchip details are kept up to date on a government compliant database. Such regulations are likely to be introduced in Scotland and Wales by the same deadline.

The Kennel Club and Petlog, the UK’s largest microchip database along with other welfare organisations have long supported compulsory microchipping in order to aid reunification and put an end to the heartbreak of losing a much loved family pet.

The compulsory microchipping legislation hopes to tackle:
The 100,000 dogs that are either stray, lost or stolen each year
The huge kennelling costs - Local authorities and welfare charities spending around £57 million per year on kennelling costs
The 50% of strays that cannot be returned because their owners cannot be identified
The 6,000 dogs that are euthanised each year because their owner cannot be found

For these reasons microchipping is already popular amongst the majority of dog owners as it is a safe, quick, painless and cheap procedure. However, now more than ever, it is important that the dog owners in your constituency who have not microchipped their pet also do so, and that those who do are reminded to keep their details up to date to ensure they are complying with the law.

Raising this awareness amongst dog owners is what National Microchipping Month is all about and we hope that you can support it simply by tweeting something along the lines of “make sure your dog is chipped #microchippingmonth #compulsorymicrochipping #microchippingmonth”.

Kind regards,

Holly Conway
Public Affairs Manager
The Kennel Club

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