Thousands of dogs are lost each year and are never reunited with their owners. By micro chipping your dog you will permanently link your dog to you.
Free dog micro chipping for Eden Residents
Our Community Wardens are fully trained and in conjunction with Dogs Trust we are now able to offer this service to Eden residents free of charge.
How does it work?
Micro chipping involves injecting a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, into the scruff of your dog's neck. The microchip has its own unique code which is entered onto Petlog, a nationwide database, and linked to the owners details. If a stray dog is found anywhere within the UK it will be scanned, and if a microchip is present its code can be matched to the Petlog database and the owners successfully identified and the dog returned.
Where can I get my dog micro chipped?
We are offering the following micro-chipping sessions free of charge to all residents in Eden:
- Monday 2 November 2015, 11am to 3pm at the Evergreen Hall, Penrith, CA11 7LH
- Tuesday 1 December 2015, 11am to 3pm at the Masonic Hall, North Road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4RH.
Both sessions are drop in, so no need to book. You will also get a free information pack about responsible ownership which is supplied by the Dog's Trust. Please bring one form of identification with you, and it is advisable to make a note of at least one telephone number you would like to use as a contact on the micro chip. You are allowed up to three telephone numbers as well as your full address.
Breeders and young puppies are advised to attend their vet to be micro chipped due to the risk of bringing puppies into contact with diseases before their vaccinations.
More events will be added in the New Year before the new legislation comes into force in April 2016.
Can I get my cat micro chipped?
The Community Wardens can only microchip dogs. Your local veterinary surgery will be able to assist you in micro chipping other pets, including cats.
What if my details change?
Owner details can be easily amended on the Petlog database. Details on how to do this are provided when your dog is micro chipped. However please remember to keep your details up to date!
My dog wears a collar and tag, why should it be micro chipped as well?
By law, all dogs that are on the highway or in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed somewhere on it. Micro chipping does not remove this requirement. Collars however can be maliciously removed or break and the tags can sometimes fall off and be lost. By micro chipping your dog you can ensure you and your dog's details can always be identified.
From April 2016 all dogs must be micro-chipped by law.
If my dog is micro chipped do I still have to pay if it is collected as a stray?
Yes, although the fee is likely to be smaller as it should be quicker to reunite you with your dog. Remember, our Community Wardens still have to collect your dog and keep it safe while we contact you. If we are unable to contact you or the contact details are incorrect then the standard stray dog procedure starts.
When a stray dog is returned to an owner they are advised of the new micro chipping legislation and informed of the free service.
For further information or to arrange an appointment:
- Contact: Community Warden
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 01768 212490
- Fax: 01768 890732
- Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG