Free dog microchipping event to keep your furry friend safe and sound

Barnsley Council has teamed up with Dogs Trust to offer free microchipping sessions for dogs from 11am to 3pm at Royston Park Pavilion, (S71 4NE) on Friday, 7 February and Cannon Hall Farm, (S75 4AT) on Wednesday, 4 March.

As well as offering free drop-in microchipping for dogs that aren’t yet chipped, advice on diet, training and neutering can be provided.

Dogs will also be given a basic health check including nail clipping and will have eyes, ears, teeth and weight checked to make sure they are happy, fit and healthy.

By law, dogs over the age of eight weeks must be microchipped and your contact details must be up to date. Owners who fail to do this could face fines of up to £500.

Appointments will be given on a first come first served basis, but all dogs must be wearing a collar and lead when attending the event. A handler who is aged 18 or over must be present.

Puppies under six months old must be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccinations must be provided. If a puppy has recently been vaccinated, they must be carried for the ten days following their final vaccination. Dogs over six months old do not require proof of vaccination.

Benefits of microchipping include:

  • Increase a lost dog’s chance of being returned safely should they go missing.
  • Acts as a deterrent to dog theft.
  • Allows for a rapid return and helps local authorities educate owners on the dangers of straying and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners.
  • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures.

For more information about the Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.

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