Pet owners urged to chip their animals
PET owners are being encouraged to microchip their animals this month.
June is National Microchipping Month and a city veterinary centre is offering discounts off the electronic tagging procedure to encourage owners to have their dogs and cats identichipped.
Hampton Veterinary Centre, at Hargate Way, is offering the process at £12.50.
As well as encouraging owners to get their pets microchipped, they are encouraging people who have already done so to ensure their details are up to date on the microchip database, so that they can be contacted if their missing pet is found.
Head veterinary nurse at the practice Tracey Plant said: “We have quite a few dogs and cats brought into us as strays, dead and alive, that are not microchipped so we cannot trace the owners.
“We think a fair few come in on vans and lorries from outside the area, so we have no way of getting hold of the owners.
“We also have some happy endings. A cat that was microchipped, that had been missing for approximately six weeks from Woodston, was found in Hampton and reunited with her owner a few weeks ago.”