THURROCK Council is planning two “dog chipping” days in March as thousands of dogs are lost every year.
The best way for owners to ensure they are returned is to have their pet microchipped — and at these events it will be done for free.
Two similar events a year ago proved a huge success, and Brian Abbott, Thurrock branch treasurer of the National Animal Welfare Trust is supporting this year’s scheme.
The events are also being supported by The Dogs Trust.
Mr Abbott said: “We fully support the council’s aim to reinforce the advantages of having dogs microchipped and hope dog owners will take advantage of this excellent scheme.
“Microchipping is the modern way to trace an animal’s owner and therefore ease any distress to dog and owner when they get separated.”
He added: “I am naturally pleased with the council responding to my campaign within the spirit of the Animal Welfare Charter which was adopted by Thurrock back in 1984 at the behest of NAWT.”
The first event is at The Culver Centre (in the back car park), Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, 12 March. The second will be a fortnight later (26 March) at the same times, but at the Tilbury Resource Centre (Old Fire Station) Civic Square Tilbury.