Not everyone is aware, so we’re spreading the word that all dogs must be microchipped.
While microchipping usually costs £15-£20 at a local vet’s practice, you can get it done for free (please donate if you can) when you book an appointment with the charity Dogs Trust.
A microchip (an implant about the size of a grain of rice) stores a dog owner’s details on an electronic database, which makes it easier to reunite them with their pooch if it gets lost. You can have dogs of any breed or size microchipped.
Owners who fail to comply with the new law risk a fine of up to £500, though they’ll first be given 21 days to get their dog microchipped and avoid having to pay it.
Dogs Trust website