National Chipping Week 2018 | Dogs Trust

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National Chipping Week 2018

Today, sees the launch of our annual Nationwide Microchipping Awareness Campaign. The campaign will be run from the 13th – 19th of August in association with Government approved microchipping database Fido. Click here to avail of our Microchipping Amnesty.

Although it has been a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped, registered with a government approved database and be in possession of an up-to-date Microchipping Certificate since April 2016, Fido estimates less than half of dogs are fully compliant with the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015. Last year, shockingly only 25%* of stray dogs entering Irish Pounds were reunited with their owners, however Dogs Trust believes through microchipping and correct registration, this figure could be greatly improved.

We want to ensure that every dog in Ireland can be swiftly returned to their owners should they become lost or separated from them. That is why this year we will again be offering free microchipping clinics at Maxi Zoo stores in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, as well as a Microchip Certificate Amnesty for dog owners across the country.

Free Chipping Clinics will be taking place at the following Maxi Zoo stores:

Booking a place at these events is essential so please click on the above locations to book your appointment while availability lasts. 

Microchipping Certificate Amnesty

We are offering free microchipping certificates to dog owners who have their dogs’ microchipped but do not yet have a certificate. Those who need to update their current certificate with their new contact details can also avail of the free Microchipping Certificate Amnesty.

If you are unsure of your dog’s microchip number, visit your local veterinary practice and ask to have your dog scanned with a microchip reader.

Remember if you change address or phone number, or transfer ownership of your dog, you must update your details straight away with your dog’s microchip database provider!

Speaking about this year’s National Chipping Week, Sarah Lynch, Campaigns Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland said;

"Becoming lost and separated from their owners can be very distressing for dogs and incredibly stressful for loving owners. By having your dog microchipped and correctly registered, you could drastically reduce the amount of time you are apart. Dogs Trust wants to play a part in ensuring lost dogs are quickly reunited with their owners should they go missing and we cannot emphasize enough the many benefits of compulsory Microchipping and Registration. In association with Fido, we are delighted to be able to offer a nationwide Microchipping Certificate Amnesty to dog owners across Ireland, so please, check your dog’s details are up to date and if not, avail of the amnesty."

The 3-step process of becoming compliant with the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 is as follows:


* Statistics released by the Department of Rural and Community Development