Merton Priory Homes gives local dogs their day
A south London housing provider is supporting local dog owners who will have to microchip their pets by law.
Merton Priory Homes (MPH) is hosting a day of free dog microchipping, which will allow owners to be traced more easily, after the government announced new laws to cut the number of strays from 2016.
Owners in England will face a £500 fine if they don’t microchip their dog by April 2016. Merton Priory Homes has teamed up with Dogs Trust to microchip pets for free at the event on Tuesday 26th February in Mitcham.
Wayne Hemsworth, Managing Director at Merton Priory Homes, said "We want to help local dog lovers protect their pet and prove that they are responsible owners before these new laws are introduced in 2016.
"By teaming up with Dogs Trust for this event we’re not only able to provide a free microchipping service but will also offer important guidance on keeping your pet happy and healthy at home".
Representatives from Dogs Trust are joining Merton Priory Homes to speak to owners about the steps they can take to look after their pet and keep it well behaved and will be offering neutering vouchers and dog agility exercises at the event.
Elvira Meucci-Lyons, Head of Campaigns and Community at Dogs Trust said: "We’re really happy to be working with Merton Priory Homes to make sure that as many Morden dogs as possible can be identified through a microchip. We’ll also be giving out advice and help to support dog owners."
The size of a grain of rice, microchips are painlessly fitted under the skin between the dog's shoulder blades; allowing vets, councils and charities to trace its owner if it is thought to be a stray.
Research from Dogs Trust estimates that there were nearly 200 stray dogs in Morden between 2011 and 2012 and more than 13,000 across London.
Merton Priory Homes’s day of free microchipping and advice takes place from 11am – 3pm on Tuesday 26th February on Sadler Close, Mitcham,CR4 3EG.
Five top tips from Dog’s Trust top tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy
1. Make sure your dog can be clearly identified and is wearing a well fitted collar and tag with your name and address on it.
2. Get your dog microchipped and keep your details up to date to ensure you can be traced should it go missing
3. Take steps to train your dog – it’s one of the best ways to bond with your dog whilst ensuring its safety in a public space
4. Keep your dog well exercised – your dog needs at least two walks a day as well as time spent playing with it
5. Neuter your dog to prevent unplanned litters. Neutering also brings health and behavioural benefits.