A free micro chipping scheme is to be launched by a council service.
Micro chipping allows easy identification of dogs that have run away, even if the dog has managed to lose both collar and ID tag. The dog gets a unique number and that is registered on a nationwide database that along with the owner’s details will lead it to a safe return.
Redbridge council is offering a free service throughout June that will allow resident’s dogs to be chipped for free thanks to The Dogs Trust.
A spokesman for the council said:
“Sadly, the reality is that of the many thousands of dogs that go missing each year, it is estimated that less than half of them are reunited with their owners. Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your dog micro-chipped in the comfort of your own home and have the assurance that if it gets lost or stolen, it is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.”
If you live in the area and are interested you can book an appointment for your dog by calling the Redbridge Council Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000 and arrange for an appointment at your home.
Another issue with microchips is the amount of data that is no longer current to your dog. If you want to check and update the information on your dog’s chip then you can ring pet log free on 0844 4633 999 or visit their website www.petlogpremium.org.uk.