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Microchipping will be a legal requirement for all dogs by 31st March

The ISPCA will be holding a number of free microchipping events at various locations across Ireland during March prior to the legislation coming into effect on 31st March 2016 for OAP’s and anyone in receipt of social welfare benefits on a first come first served basis.

We have four events taking place at the ISPCA National Animal Centre near Keenagh, Co. Longford on Saturday 5th March, Friday 18th March, Bank Holiday 28th March 2016 and 31st March. Please call in advance to book an appointment by calling (043) 33 25035 or email info@ispca.ie for more information.

The ISPCA was delighted to work in collaboration with our affiliated member North County Dublin SPCA to provide free microchipping at their clinic in Drumcondra last Saturday 27th February 2016 on a first come first served basis for OAP’s and those in receipt of social welfare benefits.  If you have a dog and would like to avail of this service, please contact the clinic on (01) 8375630 or email ncdspca@gmail.com to arrange an appointment.

From 31st of March 2016, it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and it is already a legal requirement for puppies born after the 1st of June 2015. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000 so don’t wait – get your dog microchipped before 31st March 2016.

Microchipping is now universally recognised as the best way to make your pet permanently identifiable and gives you great peace of mind in the event that your pet goes missing. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted painlessly under the skin by a vet or suitable trained person like a veterinary nurse.  It stores a unique number which can be read by an electronic scanner. You will have to register your contact details with the provider of the microchip, and your certificate will be sent out to you. Remember to keep them updated if you move house or change your number. If your dog is already microchipped, you need to check your contact details are correct on the microchipping database and ensure you are in receipt of a microchipping certificate.  If your details are not up to date, it will not be possible to contact you in the event that your pet is found. Contact your local veterinary practitioner for further information.

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