Do Not Risk Losing Your Pet To Watch TV
“Dogs Trust is shocked to discover that a quarter of the 16,447 stray dogs handed into local councils with a microchip, face being destroyed by local authorities simply because their owners haven’t updated their contact details”
The survey shows that the number of stray dogs were down an encouraging 21%. However there were still 81,050 stray dogs recorded by local council dog wardens in the survey as taken in over the twelve month period. Only 54% returned to their families with the others rehomed, passed to other welfare charities or very sadly put to sleep.
With regards to ID tags, while required by law for many years only 6% of dogs were returned with their families via their collar tag. A further 4% returned through a combination of an ID tag and microchip. At the very most only 10% of dogs returned home with some help from their ID Tag.
As for other ways dogs found their way home, 41% of dog families contacted dog wardens and collected their dog while a further 3% of dogs returned because the warden knew who their families were.
Dogs Trust went a little deeper regarding why a quarter of microchipped stray dogs could not be returned. They found many had not remembered to update their dog’s contact details with the microchip company when moving house or changing phone numbers. Even worse a mere 9% of dog owners consider updating their dogs’ microchip details post-move a priority, with sorting digital TV coming above this!
While we have no doubt the vast majority of pet owners reading this who have moved will have updated their pets ID tag or microchip contact details. If you have the slightest doubt of this we recommend checking your details now. In most cases the process is easy and quick, check out Pets Bureau’s Premium Pet ID Tag System where you can update your details anytime, anywhere and free of charge. Some companies do charge a very small fee to make any changes, however it’s worth it. Otherwise, you could be sitting comfortably watching your digital TV without your cat or dog beside you, what an awful thought.
If you know of someone who may be interested in this article then please share it with them, a little thoughtful nudge may save them a lot of heartache.
Happy days from the Pets Bureau Team.