With microchipping set to be made compulsory for all dogs in Scotland in April 2016 – and with an estimated 32%1 (200,000) of dogs in Scotland still unchipped – demand for the procedure is likely to be significant over the coming months according to Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Microchipping will ensure many more lost, stray or stolen dogs are reunited with their owners. As a result, the charity is launching it’s Free Microchipping Through Vets in Scotland Campaign to offer all owners the opportunity to microchip their dog free of charge through participating local vet practices. This is in addition to the already successful roaming microchipping service Dogs Trust has been running in Scotland, which has seen more than 16,000 dogs microchipped since its launch in 2013.
Dogs Trust is hoping the Scottish initiative will emulate the success of its Microchipping Through Vets campaign in England and Wales which saw 1,619 veterinary practices sign up to take part in the scheme and chip more than 200,000 dogs. The campaign aims to work with over 400 practices in Scotland to ensure as many dogs as possible are microchipped for free.
The Scottish campaign launches on the 15th July and will run for a period of six months until the 15th January. During this period Dogs Trust will reimburse a set price for each chip implanted and registered to vet practices signed up to the campaign.*
Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, says:
“From April 2016 it will be compulsory for each and every dog in Scotland to be microchipped which represents a significant step forward for dog welfare and responsible dog ownership. To show its support for the implementation of this legislation, Dogs Trust is teaming up with vets across Scotland to make sure that all dog owners can have the procedure done for free. An essential element to the success of microchipping is for dog owners to take responsibility for updating their details with the database should their circumstances change.”
“Last year 4,8932 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across Scotland, with only 182 reunited with their owners. We believe the initiative will help to ensure a significantly higher number of dogs are reunited with their owners.”
To join the campaign vet practices should contact Dogs Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org