Battersea helps keep Lambeth residents and their pets together

Battersea has teamed up with Lambeth Council to offer a series of free microchipping and tag engraving events to encourage responsible ownership of dogs and ensure they are easily identifiable should they be lost or stolen.

Date:
03 July 2012
Source:
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Lambeth Council allows its tenants to keep dogs if they meet certain conditions, including having their dog microchipped and providing a collar and tag which displays their contact details. Providing a collar and tag for your dog is also a legal requirement under The Control of Dogs Order 1992. Battersea hopes that in helping Lambeth’s residents fulfil their duties as responsible dog owners, it can cut down the number of dogs that are relinquished or abandoned in the borough.

In the last 12 months, 280 much-loved pets have come into Battersea’s care when owners who are living in rented accommodation cannot secure permission from their landlord to keep their four-legged friends. Battersea is working with a number of Local Authorities, including Lambeth, to help drive down this number and also to make sure that dogs are easily identifiable in Lambeth’s housing areas.

Liz McWalter, Battersea’s Head of Intake, said: “It’s heartbreaking to see owners having to make these tough choices about the future of their pets due to problems with their living arrangements. Incentives, such as this by Lambeth Council, mean that the owners can be located should a dog be found straying. We also hope it will reduce the number of stray dogs who end up spending time in our kennels waiting for new owners.”

Last year, only 2% of the dogs who came through the charity’s gates were wearing a collar and tag and only 28% were microchipped. Without these important forms of identification, it is virtually impossible to trace an owner should their pet be lost or stolen.

One such dog who is currently at Battersea waiting for her fresh start is one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Squeak. She was brought into the Home earlier this month by a member of the public who found her straying in Lambeth. The happy, bubbly girl loves spending time with people and is looking for new owners who can give her lots of love and affection so that she maintains her enthusiasm for life.

Microchipping places a small chip, the size of a grain of rice, under the animal’s skin. The chip contains a code which can help trace the owner if their dog goes missing. The Government is currently considering the introduction of compulsory microchipping to help boost responsible dog ownership in England. Battersea believes that this would dramatically reduce the number of strays which come through its doors.

Cllr Steve Reed, Lambeth Council Leader, said: “I fully support Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s partnership with Lambeth Council to microchip dogs in the borough. This is key to supporting responsible dog ownership across our communities so that dogs can be identified and brought back to their owner if they go missing.”

The events which are open to Lambeth Living tenants only are at:

  • Albert Carr Gardens housing office Thursday, 12th July, 5-7pm.
  • Carmeilita Centre, Vauxhall Gardens, Saturday, 29th September.
  • Mursell Hall, Portland Grove, Saturday, 24th November.

Battersea runs a series of microchipping, tag engraving and responsible ownership events for members of the public throughout London.

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