Extra Help for Man's Best Friend
Dog owners in Bedford Borough are being
offered help to reduce the chances of their loved one going
We’ve all seen the signs on lampposts – asking
for help to find a missing pet – but the sad truth is that many are
never reunited with their owners.
Micro-chipping is recommended by dog wardens,
vets and the RSPCA as the most effective way of permanently linking
pets to their owners. It increases the chances of them being
reunited if the animal is lost, stolen or strays.
The Dog Warden Service at Bedford
Borough Council is hosting a day long event on Tuesday 2nd March
2010 at the Cemetery & Crematorium, Foster Hill Road, Bedford
between 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Once your dog has been micro chipped it has
its own unique code number and the owner's details along with the
code are then held on the national database. Then if a lost
or stolen animal is found, the code will be revealed by passing a
scanner over the microchip, this allows the dog and the unique code
to be matched and then reunited with its owner.
The RSPCA as well as many other animal welfare
organisations, vets and dog wardens, have scanners which can read
the microchip's details.
Councillor Will Hunt, Portfolio Holder for
Community Safety: “I have owned Labradors for the last 25 years and
I have always believed having a dog is a great pleasure as well as
a serious responsibility.
“When you consider some people spend hundreds
of pounds to buy an animal in the first place and happily pay vets
fees then £25 to have your dog micro-chipped and lessen the chances
of it disappearing, is a drop in the ocean.”
Bedford Borough Council is offering this
service at a cost of £25 per animal. This includes the
chipping and registration with the national database and gives
owners peace of mind should their pet be become lost or stray.