Although usually busy in school, I never miss an opportunity to head out into my local community with the Campaigns Team and today I was lucky to get the chance to do just that. Today the team saw 19 dogs and microchipped 11! This is an incredibly high number, given that since April 2016 it is compulsory for every dog to have a microchip. An alarming amount of these dogs were puppies that had been bought by their owners without a microchip. Dog breeders, must ensure that puppies are microchipped and recorded by the time they are eight weeks old and before they are sold. All of these owners know that now and will hopefully pass these messages on.
It's really useful for me as an Education Officer to meet real owners and their dogs and discuss all aspects of responsible dog ownership, including our Be Dog Smart campaign. Once again today I found that I spent a lot of time talking to owners about collars and tags. Over a third of the owners I spoke to today had no idea that their dog needed an ID tag and did not know it was the law as well as a microchip.
A snazzy collar is one thing, but the contact details on your dog’s tag enables any member of the public to help return your dog to you should it go missing. If a dog warden is called and your dog is wearing a tag, they will attempt to return the dog to you straight away without having to take your dog to the pound. This will ensure your dog is less likely to be picked up and impounded by the local dog warden and will avoid you having to pay a fee to get your dog back. Having up to date contact details on the tag is often therefore the quickest way to be reunited with your dog.
As the image below shows, the tag should include the owner's name and address including the postcode. A telephone number (or two) is not a legal requirement but is also a good idea.
For further information about collars, tags and microchips check out our Doggy Reunion Campaign here:
And finally here are the stars of the day, some of the gorgeous dogs we met with their owners today, armed with tons of great advice and information to be even better dog owners. A pawsome job well done.