Last Updated: 03 Oct 2016 9:31am
This a free microchipping session at Tonbridge Racecourse Sportsground on Wednesday 30 March between 12noon and 2pm is the last in a series of events organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council in partnership with the Dogs Trust and Ward Security to highlight the importance of responsible dog ownership in advance of a change in the law. From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are eight weeks old.
The Dogs Trust has provided the microchipping equipment (including 300 free microchips) and the Council's Dog Warden will be registering any dogs microchipped at the event as well as giving advice on a range of topics from dog care and grooming to training and security.
Dog owners can bring the pooches along to the free microchipping event area, which will be situated near the public toilets next to Tonbridge Swimming Pool at Tonbridge Racecourse Sportsground (TN9 1HS) between 12 noon and 2 pm on Wednesday 30 March.
Tonbridge and Malling's Dog Warden has already microchipped 173 dogs at six similar events held across the borough throughout February and March. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying a dog.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment Services, Cllr Mrs Jill Anderson says: "Stolen, lost and stray dogs are all too common and the task of reuniting dogs with their correct owners is so much easier if the dog is microchipped. Most people consider their dogs to be 'one of the family' and by working with the Dogs Trust to offer free microchipping I hope we will be helping more dogs and their owners to stay together."