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Wednesday 18th May 2011

Are your details up to date?

Pet owners across the country will be given a 'call to action' this June as National Microchipping Month encourages owners to make sure that they can be contacted if their lost pet is found.

Petlog, the sponsor of National Microchipping Month, has raised concerns about out of date owner contact information. To help speed up its pet reunification service, they are offering customers the chance to check and amend their contact details online for free throughout June.

There can be many reasons why a pet is not reunited with its owner and ends up in a rescue centre, but one of the most frustrating reasons is because the details linked to its microchip are out of date.

Close to half of all stray dogs are not reunited with owners, but when an animal is microchipped their chances of getting home are greatly improved. A recent survey by Dogs Trust found that of all stray dogs which had been reunited by local authorities in the previous twelve months, 35% of these were directly as a result of their microchip. It is hoped that with more microchipped dogs in the country with the correct contact information kept on their records, the fewer lost dogs there will be in need of re-homing in future.

Executive Member for Public Protection, Councillor Arthur Mandry, said: “Most people remember straight away to let their bank and other financial institutions know when they move home or change phone numbers but making sure that they contact their pet’s microchip database should be just as high on the list."

Microchipping is a quick and pain-free experience which costs only £11 per dog for Fareham Residents. A microchip is permanent, even if a collar comes off ownership can be verified, although having a microchip does not replace the legal requirement to have a collar and tag with the owners address and contact number when out in public.

To book appointment please email jnunn@fareham.gov.uk or phone 01329 236100

For more information on national micro chipping month, visit www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk (this is an external hyperlink).


ENDS


For Further Information Contact:
Janine Hensman, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
 



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