Guildford Known for its Missing Pets
According to Petlog, the UK’s most prolific lost and found pet database, the South East region has the highest rate of missing pets in the UK. Between May 2003 and May 2014, over 10,900 cats and 2,300 dogs were reported lost or stolen in this region, and are yet to be reunited with their owners.
Importance of Microchipping
Within the region, the Borough of Guildford was found to have the most missing pets – over 1,200 cats and 260 dogs are currently missing and causing their owners worry over their whereabouts. However, it is not all doom and gloom. During the course of Petlog’s decade long study, over 7,000 lost dogs and 10,000 lost cats were reunited with their owners, many of which attributed their happy endings to their trusty microchips.
For over a decade, Petlog, which is owned by the Kennel Club, has been promoting the importance of microchipping and reminding the owners of microchipped pets to review and update their contact details. While microchipping helps to reunite thousands of lost animals every year, many veterinary surgeries, dog wardens and animal rescue centres face the problem of out-of-date contact details, meaning that they are unable to reunite owners with their pets.
Soon to be the Law
By 6th April 2016, it will be compulsory for all dog owners to microchip their pets and keep their contact details up to date. Owners who fail to comply with the law could face fines of up to £500. Ministers hope that the change in the law will not only help to give owners the best possible change of being reunited with their pets but also relieve the burden on animal rescue centres and local authorities. Currently, some animal charities, such as the Dogs Trust and Blue Cross, offer free microchipping, which usually costs around £30 at a private veterinary clinic.