You may have read recently about Alfie, the Lurcher who went missing from his home in June from Kildare and was found recently in Galway. Here’s a link to a video of his reunification with his family.

Fantastic, isn’t it, to see the joy from the family as they are reunited with their pet (Alfie seems a little reserved, but there’s no denying the happiness in that tail!).

How did this happen?

Microchipping. As you all know, it is a legal requirement under the Microchipping of Dogs Legislation of 2015 to have your dog microchipped and registered, and have a certificate of registration. We have always promoted microchipping as the single best method of identification (and offering the best chance of reunification for missing pets), so this legislation merely cements its importance for animal welfare. While not a legal requirement, we strongly recommend chipping your cat also for identification.

One thing to make sure of is that your pet is properly registered. Ensure that your contact details are up to date on the microchip database. There is little more frustrating than when a stray dog is brought into the practice, is scanned and a microchip found, but the dog is not registered correctly. In some instances the dog is still registered to the breeder, with no details of who bought that pup, and the trail often ends there, or otherwise the phone number listed is no longer connected. So it’s a good idea, if you haven’t checked recently, to bring your dog to be scanned, and we can check the chip is working properly, as well as ensuring your contact details are up to date. It’s the best chance of reunification if, God forbid, your dog ends up like Alfie, on the wrong side of the Shannon!

As always, if you have any queries about microchipping, give us a ring on 01 6270402 and we’ll be happy to help!