From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks, in the UK, to be microchipped.Advertisement
Why do I need to get my dog microchipped?
Every year Preston & District RSPCA cares for around 2,000 animals that may have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Government hope the change in law will cut down on these numbers.
The tiny microchip, inserted under your dog’s loose skin, gives your dog its own unique code. So if it was to become lost, stolen or turn up a shelter, the microchip can be can scanned and matched to your contact details.
What happens if I don’t get my dog microchipped?
If your dog is not microchipped you will be given a notice ordering you to microchip your pet within 21 days. Owners who do not comply could be fined up to £500.
So where can I get my dog microchipped for free in Preston?
Preston City Council have a dog microchipping event Wednesday April 20 on Haslam Park. The dog control team will be there from 10am to 2pm, offering the service for free to all Preston residents. All dogs must be 12 weeks old or over and accompanied by an adult (over 18). The team can also check if your dog is already microchipped, provide a microchip number so you can contact the microchip database and update your details.
Preston Council will also host the same events Saturday May 7 at Kidsgrove, Ingol 10am – 2pm.
The last event will be held Wednesday May 18 at Moor Park. The Moor Park (where Moor Park Avenue meets St Paul’s Road) event will run from 4pm – 7pm.
Your local vets can also microchip your dog, but at a charge between £10 – £20.
Remember to update your details!
If your contact details change or you move house, remember to notify the microchip database. If you fail to do this, your dog’s microchip is useless.