14/03/2016 - Free microchipping at our RSPCA Bristol Clinic!
We are delighted that our RSPCA Bristol and District Branch, in collaboration with the Dogs Trust, are able to offer free microchipping in Bristol ahead of the introduction of new legislation.
There’s less than a month to go until it will be a legal requirement to have your pet dog microchipped - and we are offering to help you out!
In a joint initiative with Dogs Trust, we are offering free microchipping for dogs in the run-up to the microchipping law change.
From 6 April 2016, it will be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015. Any dog over the age of eight weeks must be microchipped and registered to an approved database.
As part of the new law, it will also be a requirement for keepers and breeders of dogs to keep their registered details up-to-date.
Our RSPCA Bristol & District Branch, which covers Bristol and the surrounding area, are offering free chipping for dogs at our Clinic in St Philips, until the end of April.
Our Veterinary Manager at the RSPCA Bristol Clinic, Dr Mandy Stone said: “Recent surveys estimate that about 20% of dogs out there are still not chipped, and come 6th April, the owners of these dogs will be breaking the law, and could face a fine.”
We want to help ensure that every single dog in Bristol is chipped as soon as possible in line with the new legislation, but also because microchipping is good for animal welfare.
Mandy said: “Staff at our Clinic and Bristol Dogs and Cats Home know from years of experience that chipped animals are far more quickly reunited with their owners when they are lost or straying, so microchipping has a real welfare benefit, as well as now being a legal requirement.”
Thanks to a collaboration with Dogs Trust, who are providing the microchips, Bristol dog owners can have their pet chipped by one of our fully qualified RSPCA vets or veterinary nurses, completely free of charge! This offer is open to anyone who makes an appointment – before the end of April. Dog owners simply need to call the Clinic on 0117 9724567 to book an appointment.
Mandy added: “We are also planning a series of free dog chipping events out and about in Bristol for people who would struggle to travel to our Clinic on Albert Road – keep an eye on our local RSPCA Facebook page for details. We would love to hear from anyone working in the community who thinks that they could help organise a dog chipping event, particularly in Bristol’s most outlying suburbs, where it’s more difficult for people to access our normal services.”
The RSPCA advises all pet owners get their animals microchipped, including dogs, cats, horses and rabbits. Microchipping acts as an identification programme. Each chip has a unique number and each number is logged alongside the owner’s contact details. This means that if your pet goes missing or is stolen and is later found, he can be scanned and you can be contacted.
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