Thousands of dogs are lost each year and are never reunited with their owners. By microchipping your dog you will permanently link your dog to you.
Free dog microchipping for Eden Residents
Our Community Wardens are fully trained and in conjunction with The Dogs Trust we are now able to offer this service to all Eden residents for free.
Next free dog microchipping event - Appleby Thursday 23 May
Appleby dog owners - Get your pet microchipped for free by Eden's Community Wardens at the Paws' n' Claws Pet Shop on The Sands from 10.30am-1.30pm on Thursday 23 May.
How does it work?
Microchipping 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 microchipped?
If you would like to arrange an appointment for the Community Wardens to travel to your home to carry out the procedure, please contact us using the details below. However please be aware that there may be a delay to organise a suitable time when both our Community Wardens are available.
Alternatively if a number of owners would like their dogs chipped in a similar area within the Eden District a 'chipping session' at a specific location could be organised.
Can I get my cat microchipped?
At present the Community Wardens can only microchip dogs. Your local veterinary surgery may be able to assist you in microchipping alternative 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 microchipped. However please remember to keep your details up to date!
My dog wears a collar and tag, why should it be microchipped 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. Microchipping does not remove this requirement. Collars however can be maliciously removed or break and the tags can sometimes fall off and be lost. By microchipping your dog you can ensure you and your dog's details can always be identified.
From April 2016 microchipping of all dogs will become a legal requirement in England.
If my dog is microchipped 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.
For further information or to arrange an appointment:
Contact: Community Warden
Telephone: 01768 817817
Fax: 01768 890732
Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG