We originally offered subsidised microchipping for dogs, but the Branch Trustees regret that due to the low take up in the service, this has now been discontinued. Financial assistance may still be available for clients on benefits and low income, but it is generally inexpensive and easy to arrange. For more information on financial assistance see here.

What is it?

A tiny microchip is quickly and simply inserted under the animal’s skin, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code.

Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.

What are the benefits?

If a pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.

While collars and tags can fall off or be removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.

This means that microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.

Please remember that microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they are still able to reach you if your pet goes missing.


  • From 6 April 2016, it is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 and the Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015.
  • As part of the new law, it will also be a requirement for keepers and breeders to keep their registered details up-to-date. This includes if you move house or change your telephone number.