Dog microchipping

Microchipping your dog gives you the best chance of being reunited with your pet if they go missing. Every year, rescue centres like us take in thousands of stray dogs and many are not reunited with their owners as there is no way of tracing them. We microchip every animal we rehome.

Why should I get my dog microchipped?

It is a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland to be microchipped and wear a collar with an ID tag.

It is also the best way for your dog to be identified should they go missing. Battersea successfully reunites hundreds of lost pets with their owners each year, and it is microchipping that makes many of these reunions possible.

What is a microchip?

A microchip has a unique code which, when scanned with a special reader, can be matched to the owner's details on a central database. It is inserted by a vet in a simple, quick and painless procedure.

Rescue centres, animal wardens and vets are all able to scan for a microchip to identify a dog and their owner.

How do I get my dog microchipped?

To help encourage those dog owners who haven’t yet got their dogs chipped, we offer free dog microchipping at our three centres and microchipping events. To book an appointment at your nearest centre, please call 0843 509 4444.

If you can't make one of our microchipping events, please contact your local vet.

How do I update my details?

It is very important to keep your pet's chip details up to date with the correct contact details, so you can be contacted should your pet ever goes missing. Updating your details will cost a small fee and you can do this online, by telephone or post with the database that your pet is registered to. If you've mislaid your dog's microchip number ask your vet to scan your dog. All Battersea dogs are microchipped with Petlog which can be contacted on 01296 336 579.

Find out what to do if you have lost your dog.

Free microchipping

Get your dog microchipped for free at one of our events

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