The ISPCA is offering a free dog microchipping service at their National Animal Centre in Kenagh tomorrow Friday, August 21.
Free microchips will be implanted in dogs on a first come, first serve basis for all owners who have proof of social welfare benefits. They are available at the reduced cost of €10 for everyone else. Booking is required.
Microchipping is the most effective way to make loved pets permanently identifiable and is a quick and painless process.
From September 2015, microchips will be a legal requirement for puppies. By March 2016 all dogs will be required by law to have microchips.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is painlessly inserted under the skin of an animal by a vet or vet nurse. The chip stores a unique number which can be read by an electronic scanner.
You must register your details with the provider of the microchip, and notify them of any changes in your address or phone number.
Stray pets which are picked up by the local dog warden, taken into a vet or rescued by the ISPCA are immediately scanned for a microchip. Along with an ID tag on the collar, a microchip greatly increases your chances of being reunited with a lost pet - so why take the risk?
Book your place to microchip your dog at the ISPCA by calling the reception desk on 043 33 25035 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available on www.ispca.ie