FREE dog microchipping events will be held around the Isle of Wight, starting this weekend.
The events are organised by the Isle of Wight Council and the Hampshire Constabulary, in partnership with the Dogs Trust, to ensure lost pets can be traced back to their owners.
Dog chipping is open to Isle of Wight residents and there is no limit on the number of dogs.
The first event is at St George’s Park, Newport, from 10am to 1pm, on Saturday, January 18, followed by Appley car park, Ryde, from noon to 3pm, on Sunday, January 19.
Other events will be held at the Spar shop in Victoria Street, Ventnor, from 10am to 1pm, on February 15; Fort Street car park, Sandown, from noon to 3pm, on February 16; Avenue Road car park, Freshwater, from 10am to 1pm, on March 15; and at Vectis Road, opposite the Pavilion, East Cowes, from noon to 3pm, on March 16.
Dog microchipping is a widely recognised method of permanent identification.
The dog’s microchip number is logged against the owner’s details on the national Petlog database to make them easy to trace if they are lost.