With microchipping for dogs set to be compulsory across Scotland from April 2016, it has been estimated that 32 per cent (200,000) of dogs in Scotland remain unchipped.
Dogs Trust, the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, believe that the demand for the proposed rule will increase over the coming months. Microchipping is important as it increases the chance of lost, stray or stolen dogs being reunited with their owners.
As microchipping is so important, Dogs Trust is starting its Free Microchipping Through Vets in Scotland Campaign, which will give owners the opportunity to microchip their pets free of charge through their local vet. The campaign is in addition to the roaming microchipping service that Dogs Trust also started. That campaign has seen more than 16,000 dogs microchipped since 2013.
Dogs Trust hope that the proposed introduction of the system microchipping will be as successful as it is in England and Wales. In England and Wales 1,619 veterinary practices agreed to take part in the scheme, those practices managed to microchip over 200,000 dogs. Dogs Trust aim to get 400 practices in Scotland signed on to the campaign to make sure as many dogs as possible are microchipped for free.
The campaign in Scotland began on the July 15 and will run for six months until the January 15. Dogs Trust plan to reimburse a set price for each chip implanted and that are registered to veterinary practices that are already signed up to the campaign.
To find participating vets in their area, members of the public should call the Microchipping Through Vets hotline on 0330 123 0334 or visit www.chipmydog.org.uk. To join the campaign vet practices should contact Dogs Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org