Dogs Trust offers FREE dog Microchipping Certificate Amnesty as part of National Chipping Week 2019

Today sees the launch of National Chipping Week, an annual nationwide campaign by Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity. Celebrity vet, Pete Wedderburn, also known as “Pete the Vet”, helped launch the campaign, which will run from the 12th – 18th of August in association with government approved microchipping database Fido. Since April 2016, when it became a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped, registered with a government approved database and be in possession of an up-to-date Microchipping Certificate, a staggering 14,200* dogs have been reunited with their owners through Fido.

NO REPRO FEE: Pete Wedderburn (aka Pete the Vet) with “Minni” at Dogs Trust to help launch National Chipping Week (which starts on August 12th) . 11/08/2019 Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Sadly, it is still a common occurrence that dogs arriving into local authority pounds and rescue centres across the country, who have been microchipped, do not have the correct contact details recorded against their chips, rendering their owners uncontactable. In 2018, Dogs Trust received 779 calls from people who had found a stray or abandoned dog and 334 calls from people who had lost their dog. Dogs Trust wants to ensure that every dog in Ireland can be swiftly returned to their owners should they become lost or separated from them. That is why this year the charity will be offering a Microchip Certificate Amnesty, allowing dog owners across the country to avail of a free microchipping certificate from Fido, once their dog is already chipped. If you are unsure of your dog’s microchip number, visit your local veterinary practice and ask to have your dog scanned with a microchip reader. Remember, if you change address or phone number, or transfer ownership of your dog, you must update the details recorded against your dog’s microchip straight away with your dog’s microchip database provider! Research carried out on behalf of the charity found that 34%** of people who don’t have their dog microchipped said it’s because their dog never leaves the house without them. However, accidents do happen as Richard Martin found out recently when a family member mistakenly left their back-garden gate open and Teddy, their two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, escaped. Richard and his wife looked everywhere for little Teddy but to no avail. Teddy had been microchipped so a few hours later they received a phone call from a veterinary practice to say Teddy had been found. Unfortunately, he had been hit by a car but thankfully was not seriously injured so Teddy and his family were reunited, and he made a full recovery. Richard said “We may never have found Teddy if he hadn’t been microchipped with our up to date contact details recorded against his chip. Please don’t let your dog become a statistic, it’s so easy for dogs to become lost, help them find their way home by ensuring they are chipped.” As a practicing Veterinary Surgeon, Pete Wedderburn sees both sides of the problems caused by out of date microchip details and said “Members of the public often bring stray dogs that they’ve found to our clinic to be checked and it’s incredibly frustrating to discover the microchip that we find is not registered to the dog’s owner. The dog cannot be reunited with their owner and can even end up going to the pound to face an uncertain future. I also come across dog owners who have lost their dogs and their distress is made worse when they discover that their details were incorrect on the chip; someone may have been trying to contact them with news about their dog, and they have missed that opportunity for reconnection.” Speaking about this year’s National Chipping Week, Sarah Lynch, Campaigns Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland said; “By microchipping dogs and ensuring that all dog owners keep their most up to date contact details recorded with the database, the number of dogs becoming lost and possibly entering dog pounds around the country will be greatly reduced.It is extremely upsetting for dogs and their loving owners to be separated so Dogs Trust wants to play a part in ensuring lost dogs are quickly reunited with their owners should they go missing. We cannot emphasize enough the many benefits of compulsory Microchipping and Registration. In association with Fido, we are delighted to be able to offer a nationwide Microchipping Certificate Amnesty to dog owners across Ireland, so please, check your contact details are up to date and if not, avail of the amnesty.”* Statistics provided by Fido ** Research carried out by Behaviours & Attitudes in 2018 Since the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations (MODR) were passed in April 2016, it has become mandatory for every dog owner to microchip their dog and hold an up to date microchip certificate from a Government Approved database, with Fido being one such database. To be in compliance with the MODR, every dog owner must follow the three-step process:

  1. Have their dog microchipped by a registered implanter i.e. a vet, vet nurse or a trained and approved lay implanter.
  2. Register their contact details with a Government Approved Microchipping Database (there are 4 in Ireland – Fido; Animark; Irish Kennel Club; and Microdog ID Ltd). Most implanters will do this.
  3. Be in possession of a Statutory Certificate of Microchipping from your Database provider (this will be sent to you once your registration has been completed).

Since Dogs Trust opened its Rehoming Centre doors in 2009, we have assisted over 44,000 dog owners to become compliant with the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations. About Dogs Trust Ireland: Dogs Trust currently has 139 dogs looking for their forever homes. Dogs Trust has been working in Ireland since 2005 and its mission is to bring an end to the destruction of stray and abandoned dogs. For more information on Dogs Trust please go to Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Dogs Trust has a non destruction policy; we never destroy a healthy dog. The Centre is based at: Dogs Trust Dublin Rehoming Centre Ashbourne Road Finglas Dublin 11

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