An RSPCA branch is offering dog owners the chance to get their pooch microchipped for only five pounds in Caernarfon.
RSPCA West Gwynedd is urging people whose dogs are not yet identified in this way to attend a special microchipping session.
The event takes place on Saturday 30 September, at Noddfa, Cil Peblig, Caernarfon, LL55 2RS, and will run from 10:30am to 15:30pm.
Households can get a maximum of two dogs chipped for five pounds each.
The Caernarfon-based event will utilise Aberconwy Branch’s Mobile Clinic, with vet Jim Mason and trained branch volunteer Keymar Wake carrying out the microchipping.
In Wales, it has been a legal requirement since April 2016 for dogs over the age of eight weeks of age to be microchipped. However, RSPCA West Gwynedd Branch chairperson Ann Rees fears that “some dogs in the community” are in breach of this law.
She said: “Microchipping is so very important as it is a very effective way of identifying animals and helps to reunite owners with their pets, whether lost, strayed or stolen.
“It has also been a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped in Wales since April 2016 but we know there are still some dogs in the community that are not chipped.
“We’re offering this service to all dog owners for £5 per dog with a limit of 2 dogs per household.”
RSPCA Cymru has long highlighted the benefits of getting pets microchipped, as it gives them the best chance of being identified and returned home if they become lost or stolen. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update contact details if a pet owner moves house or changes phone number. More information can be found online.