There are just hours to go until a new law on microchipping dogs in Wales comes into place.
On Wednesday (6 April) it will be become a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped in Wales and for the owners details to be kept up to date.
RSPCA assistant director for external relations – Wales, Claire Lawson, said: “Compulsory microchipping will help to make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost, providing the owner’s contact details are kept up to date.
“It is extremely important for owners to not only microchip their dog, but to also make sure the contact details provided are accurate.
“We just want to issue a final reminder to pet owners that they don’t have long to ensure that they are complying with the new legislation that comes into force on Wednesday.”
More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/chipncheck.
RSPCA Cymru is calling on owners who have their pets microchipped to add a Twibbon to their Facebook or Twitter profiles to help encourage others to ensure their pets are identifiable.
Please help us spread the word about microchipping and sign up to our Twibbon by visiting https://twibbon.com/Support/my-dogs-chipped-is-yours
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.
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The legislation also involves including any distinguishing features of the dog onto the details record on the database, and the ability to record the owner’s email address (if they have one).
To sign up to our Twibbon by visiting https://twibbon.com/Support/my-dogs-chipped-is-yours
The UK Government is bringing in similar legislation for compulsory microchipping for dogs in England, also on 6 April.
This quick procedure places a small chip, around the size of a grain of rice, 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.