The RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch has teamed up with veterinary practices to provide a free micro-chipping initiative, ahead of the law change which means dogs must be chipped by 6th April.
The initiative involves Cestria Vets and Vets4Pets at various locations throughout the region during March and April, including:
- Cestria, Chester le Street – March
- Vets4Pets Sunderland – March and April
- Vets4Pets Hartlepool – March
- Vets4Pets South Shields (both surgeries) – March and April
“Protecting your dogs and ensuring it is microchipped will be a legal responsibility on 6th April 2016 and is also part of responsible animal ownership,” says Lisa Wright, Branch Co-ordinator.
“Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – chipping can change that.
“While collars and tags can get caught or removed, micro-chipping identities your pet permanently and effectively.”
This drive is for owners of cats, rabbits and ferrets as well as dogs and is by appointment with the vets involved.
Rachel Smith, Practice Partner at Sunderland Vets4Pets said: “We are delighting to be working in partnership with the SHST RSPCA Branch on this campaign to highlight the importance of microchipping your pets.”
For more information, contact the SHST RSPCA Branch on 0191 250 7148, via email enquiries@rspca-Sunderland.org.uk or on the Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/RSPCA-Sunderland-Hartlepool-and-South-Tyneside