Simply the best way to find a missing pet …

Every year thousands of beloved pets are lost and we believe that the best way to find a missing pet is to have it microchipped.

How does it work:

Microchipping is simply the best way to find a lost pet

Microchipping is simply the best way to find a lost pet

A microchip about the same size as a grain of rice is painlessly inserted under your pet’s skin, usually at the back of the neck and lasts a lifetime. Each microchip has its own unique code number which corresponds with the owner’s name and address. When any animal is found it will be scanned for a microchip. If one is found, the owner can be contacted and re-united with their lost pet as soon as possible. It is therefore important that you notify the microchipping company if your details change so that they can amend your records.

Most vets, dog  wardens and RSPCA Inspectors carry scanners.

Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, dogs MUST still wear a collar with a tag bearing owner’s name and address even though they have been microchipped.

However, certain dogs are exempt from the order – these include dogs on official duties (armed forces, police, customs and excise), emergency rescue dogs and any registered guide dogs.

There is no legal requirement for a cat to wear a collar.

This branch does not recommend the use of cat collars.

Many cats are needlessly hurt each year because of collars. Cats are naturally very inquisitive animals and will get into all sorts of situations and more often than not their collar will become snagged on a branch, or entangled in hedges etc. The cat will then struggle to get free and that’s when the problem truly starts – the more the cat struggles, the more it becomes entangled and in desperation will try and push the collar off using a leg which then becomes trapped in the collar. Over the years this branch has had many cats with horrific collar injuries and these are the lucky ones who have been rescued and taken for urgent vet treatment.

So PLEASE for your cat’s sake, don’t make it wear a collar!

Darlington & District Branch RSPCA © 2017