I was delighted to meet with Darcy, a two year old pug from Oldham, who was missing for almost a year, now back with her owner Justine Iverson to celebrate the government’s decision to introduce compulsory microchipping from April 2016.
Darcy was reunited with Justine thanks to her microchip and the help of Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets and the pair attended the event in Westminster yesterday in celebration of National Microchipping Month.
I heard about how Darcy disappeared when she escaped from a side gate at her home in Oldham in November 2013 and was then reunited with Justine in October 2014, nearly a year later!
It was great to meet with Darcy and Justine at the event and hear about the vital role Darcy’s microchip had in reuniting them, nearly a year after Darcy went missing. Their story highlights the importance of microchipping your pet and I am delighted to support National Microchipping Month.
The Kennel Club runs the reunification database Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, and holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits of microchipping.
All dog owners in England have until 6 April 2016 to microchip their dog and register with a government compliant microchip. After that date all puppies must be microchipped and registered with a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Anyone who does not have their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped, and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
Dog owners should also remember to update their details when they move house to ensure their pets can be traced back to them accurately.
If you would like to find out more about microchipping your pet, visit the Petlog website: www.petlog.org.uk or www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk