Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity was delighted to be able to welcome Ann McKechin MP to a microchipping event in her local constituency on Tuesday 9th September.
The event, held at Pet Hut in Summerston was a great success, with local residents encouraged to bring their four legged friends along to take advantage of the free microchipping service on offer. A total of 51 dogs were microchipped on the day and Dogs Trust representatives were also on hand to offer advice and answer any general queries, reminding dog owners of the importance of keeping their microchip database details up to date.
With microchipping set to become compulsory for all dogs in England in 2016 and Wales in 2015, Dogs Trust believes that the time is right for the Scottish Government to legislate for this important aspect of dog welfare, and has been campaigning on this issue for many years. Roving teams of Dogs Trust representatives are touring the country in a bid to help promote responsible dog ownership and educate the public on the benefits of compulsory microchipping.
Ann McKechin MP was able to talk with members of her constituency and discuss their views on the issue while learning just how vital compulsory microchipping is in reuniting stray dogs with their owners, deterring dog theft and reducing puppy farming.
Commenting on the event, Ann McKechin MP said:
“I was delighted to be invited to attend this microchipping event in my constituency. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the work of Dogs Trust first hand and to learn just how significant microchipping can be in helping return lost or stray dogs to their owners. I support the work of Dogs Trust and believe that compulsory microchipping is a major step forward in dog welfare. I urge local dog owners to ensure their dogs are microchipped where possible, taking advantage of this simple and effective tool.”
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. We have eighteen rehoming centres across the UK and one in Ireland, and invest substantial resources in information services and education on responsible dog ownership.