Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be identifiable with a small microchip, which is inserted under the skin by a simple injection.
This chip holds a number unique to your dog, which can then be read by a universal scanner anywhere in the country. Dog rescue centres, dog wardens and vets scan every stray or unidentified dog brought into their possession. Your details are kept on a central database, resulting in a quick and happy reunion should your dog become lost or involved in an accident.
Dog rescue societies have a legal obligation to keep a stray dog for 7 days after which it can be re-homed or even destroyed. Often it is an impossible task to trace the owner of a dog with no identification. If you are lucky enough to be reunited with your pet after days of searching rescue kennels, you may find your dog has incurred quite substantial kennelling fees which must be paid before the dog is released. This heartache and financial loss could be avoided by simply having your dog microchipped.
Microchips for dogs are quick and easy, and provide a lifetime of peace of mind.