RSPCA Cymru is urging pet owners in North Wales to get their pets microchipped as it gives them the best chance of being identified and returned home if they become lost or stolen.
Throughout February and March RSPCA’s Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre in Upper Colwyn Bay is offering a special microchipping promotion for cats and dogs from 1 February to 31 March.
From Wednesday, 6 April it will be become a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped in Wales. RSPCA Cymru is calling on members of the public to check their dogs are microchipped and also ensure their contact details are up to date on the register.
The centre’s kennel and cattery supervisor, Chris Butler, said: “The offer will be running any day between 11am and 4pm, except Wednesdays.
“It is only available for cats and dogs only and will be just £8 per pet. No appointment is needed!
“You just can’t beat the microchip which can help to reunite owners with their pets, whether lost, strayed or stolen but of course the details must be kept updated for it to work.
“Microchipping is a very effective way of ID’ing your pet and if you do one thing today as an owner – please think about get your pet microchipped.
“We are also reminding people that from 6 April – it will become a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped in Wales.”
The RSPCA would like to remind people to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move house or change phone number. More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/microchipping
To contact RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen animal centre please call 0300 123 0745 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. The centre is open between 11am and 4pm everyday, except Wednesdays.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.
Picture attached of Sam who has recently been microchipped. He is available for rehoming. https://goo.gl/9u9s6Y
This quick procedure places a small chip underneath the animal’s skin. The chip stores an ID number, then the owner’s details are stored on a database. A special scanner can find the number which is routinely used by RSPCA inspectors, dog wardens and vets.
The code links to a database such as PetLog that contains the necessary contact information to help ensure a fast way of tracing an owner. This means that should a cat or dog go missing, their owners can be identified more quickly and easily. Owners are responsible for updating their contact details on the database.