A Doncaster kennels will host a free microchipping day on Saturday.
The event will take place at the Mount Pleasant kennels in Hampole, which is used by Doncaster Council to house and re-home stray dogs, and is part of an open day in celebration of the kennels’ first anniversary.
Between 12noon and 4.30pm members of the public can bring their dogs to the kennels and have them microchipped.
The process involves implanting a tiny electronic device under the dog’s skin. The microchip is coded so it can be read by a scanner which links to a database of owners.
Coun Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: “Losing a pet can cause heartbreak for families, but if a dog is microchipped the owner can be quickly traced. It normally costs between £20 and £30 to have your dog microchipped so I would urge all dog owners whose pets are not already microchipped to attend this event.”
Each year more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost nationally at a cost of £57 million to the taxpayer and welfare charities.
The Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from April 6, 2016.