Isle residents invited to get their dogs micro-chipped for free

Get your dog micro-chipped for free.
Get your dog micro-chipped for free.

Have you had your dog micro-chipped yet?

The next free dog micro-chipping session is taking place on Thursday 6 August at Central Park car park, Scunthorpe from 11am to 3pm.

The sessions have been organised by the council in partnership with Dogs Trust.

Another session will be taking place on 10 September at Baysgarth Leisure Centre car park in Barton from 11am to 3pm

So far 1,526 dogs have been micro-chipped thanks to the partnership working with Dogs Trust in North Lincolnshire.

Make sure you take advantage of these fantastic offers before it becomes compulsory for all dogs to be micro-chipped from April 2016.

The sessions take place at various locations to ensure every dog owner in North Lincolnshire can benefit from the free service - saving around £20 to £30.

Dogs Trust is donating the micro-chips and aim to micro-chip all dogs at each session.

Getting your dog micro-chipped gives you the assurance that should your pet be stolen they are more likely to be returned to you safe and sound. The best way to ensure your dog is returned to you should it stray is by collar and ID tag inscribed with your name and number.

It is a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and ID tag when in public. Anyone who finds the dog can read the tag and contact the owner direct if it becomes lost or stray rather than the Dog Warden Service. The Dog Warden Service would take it to a kennel, which would mean a £25 fine and kennel fees.

All you need to do is turn up to one of the sessions; there is no need to book. A ticket system will be in place, so that everyone who has a ticket will get their dog micro-chipped.

Be prepared to queue at the sessions and ensure that you are in control of your dog/s at all times; including ‘scooping the poop’.

Dogs should be at least 12 weeks old and have had all of their vaccinations when they get micro-chipped.

Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It’s brilliant that we are able to continue our partnership working with Dogs Trust to offer free micro-chipping for dogs in North Lincolnshire – saving their owners up to £30.

“There’s less than year to go before micro-chipping for dogs become compulsory in April 2016. If you haven’t had your dog micro-chipped already, pop down to one of the sessions. It will save you money and ensure that your dog is chipped before it becomes compulsory.

“Getting your dog micro-chipped can save a lot of heartache and enables your pet to be traced back to you should it be stolen. A collar and tag is still law and you must have an up-to-date ID tag with the dog owners contact details. This allows anyone finding a stray dog to contact the owner and reunite them.”