Mark Tami MP Dishes Up “Free Chips” For All At Dogs Trust Reception

Mark Tami MP was at the launch of a website run by Dogs Trust the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.

The website is an opportunity for dog owners to find out details of free microchipping events across the UK and also provides guidance on the upcoming changes to the law in England and Wales.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘I was delighted to be at the launch of the new website which is an excellent resource for dog owners up and down the country. Microchipping dogs is becoming compulsory across England and Wales. There are thousands of stray dogs and microchips will make it easier for local authorities and animal organisations to reunite stray dogs with their owners.’

Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust CEO, says, ‘Microchipping has been at the heart of Dogs Trust activities for a long time and we’re now looking forward to an exciting few years during which it will become compulsory in England, Wales and – we hope – Scotland. will be the portal for all microchipping questions and we hope it will ensure that no dog is left unchipped when the laws change.’

‘Whilst only the size of a grain of rice, a microchip can be a highly effective means of reuniting a lost dog with its owner. Results from our recent Stray Dog Survey showed that just over 10,000 dogs were returned to their owners for this exact reason. However, it is vital to update your details! Just as you would tell your bank you’ve moved house, so too should you inform your database. Sadly without up-to-date information a microchip on its own is redundant.’