AS MAN’S BEST FRIEND, it can be very distressing for everyone concerned if dogs go missing from their owners. Broxtowe Borough Council is offering free microchip drop-in sessions to help owners increase the chances of being reunited with their pets should they get lost.

The event on Thursday 17th April at Montrose Court Community Centre, Stapleford between 10.30am to 1.30pm follows a series of successful microchipping events last year. On average 30 dogs were microchipped at each of the previous sessions.

In the last year 276 dogs have been picked up by the neighbourhood wardens. From this 92 were quickly returned to their owners because they had a microchip.

Dog owners do not need to make an appointment to microchip their dog you can simply turn up on the day. Dogs are required to wear a collar with an identification tag and be on kept on a lead. No harnesses are to be worn on the implant area for a short period after the actual microchipping. This event is open to Broxtowe residents only.

Microchipping has many benefits, including:

  • Helping reduce puppy farming, infectious disease and inherited defects
  • Deterring dog theft
  • Rapid return of lost pets
  • Easier identification of owners culpable of animal cruelty
  • Easier for vets to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

It is hoped that microchipping will be compulsory for all dog owners in England by April 2016, following an announcement made by the Central Government.

For more information and to report incidents of stray dogs, dog fouling and dangerous dogs in Broxtowe Borough, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 7777 or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/environment