From 6 April 2016, all dogs in Scotland over 8 weeks old must be microchipped and their owner’s details registered and kept up to date in a database.
Compulsory microchipping aims to help re-unite lost and stolen dogs with their owners and will also allow authorities to directly identify dog owners and hold them accountable for their dog’s behaviour.
Failure to have a dog microchipped may result in the dog being microchipped at the owner’s expense and/or the owner being fined.
Ahead of the new rules coming into force, Dogs Trust is offering free microchipping to all unchipped dogs in Scotland at mobile drop-in events or by appointment at its two rehoming centres in Scotland.
For more information, see www.chipmydog.org.uk.