FROM today (Wednesday), dog owners having their four-legged friends microchipped has been made compulsory by law.
In light of that, Bromsgrove’s Blue Cross is offering microchipping for free from 10am to 4pm this Saturday (April 9) at the Country Wide Store, Brickhouse Lane, Stoke Prior, for both dogs and cats.
If dogs or cats are lost or stolen and then found, microchipping makes it easier for the owners to be reunited with them.
Although the chipping is free, those who have it done are urged to make a donation to the Blue Cross to help it continue its good work in the community.
Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are planted into the skin using a needle.
The chips contain a unique number that can be cross-referenced against a national database.
The process is quick and no appointment is necessary for Saturday’s session, but there could be a wait if it gets busy.
Amy Plant, the Bromsgrove Blue Cross’ Animal Welfare Supervisor, said: “Dog owners could face a heavy fine if their pet isn’t microchipped but we also want to see more cats microchipped so that we can reunite more so-called strays with possible owners.”
Pet owners must also make sure their contact details are up-to-date.
Call the Bromsgrove Blue Cross on 0300 777 1460 for more information.