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Get Your Pet Chipped - Cheltenham
Following the success of previous events Cheltenham Road East's Safer Community Team are teaming up with Cheltenham Animal Shelter again to help pet lovers avoid being parted from their animals.
Every year, officers discover dozens of dogs and many of them end up having to be re-homed, as their owner can't be traced.
The SCT and Shelter staff are therefore encouraging pet owners to get their animals micro chipped and have organised another session in Cheltenham on Saturday 21 July where this can be done for a very reduced price, instead of the usual £25-00 it will only cost £8-00.
More reliable than collars and tags which can easily become detached and lost, microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, contain a unique ID code and are injected under the pet's skin in a process which is no more stressful or painful than a routine vaccination. If the animal gets lost and is found by police, a scanner kept in police station receptions will read the chip and instantly reveal who the owner is so the dog can be returned.
PC Sarah Ward from Cheltenham Road East's SCT is coordinating the event, she said; "We have run sessions like this before which have proved a huge success and we would urge anyone who hasn't had their pet chipped yet to come along.
"If we can't identify the owner of a dog we have to hand it over to the dog wardens and there's a minimum charge of £25 to get it back from them. Out of hours, the animals have to go to the Animal Shelter and they look for new homes for those, which haven't been claimed in seven days.
If people get their pets chipped, we can scan them and return them instantly saving lots of heartache for both the owner and animal. Micro chipping can also prove really helpful if an animal is stolen as we can prove it is stolen property rather than having to take someone's word that it belongs to them."
In 2005 Cheltenham Animal Shelter had 800 animals handed in, only 22 were chipped. In 2006 717 animals came in and 43 were chipped. The campaign involving Cheltenham Road East's SCT was started in August 2006, so far around 300 animals have been chipped.
PC Ward added; "This is the fourth campaign, the figures show that things are improving but we want to encourage as many people as possible to take up this offer to prevent any unnecessary worry and upset if a pet goes missing.
"These sessions are not just for dogs, the Shelter experts can microchip anything from a rabbit to a horse."
The micro chipping session is being held at Pets At Home on the Gallagher Retail Park in Cheltenham between 9am and 3pm on Saturday 21 July 2007. The fee, payable in cash or by cheque, is £8 and for this a veterinary nurse will also give your pet a health check.
: 17/07/2007 18:41:03
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