Oct 11 2012 By Marion Garnett
This is important news if you own a dog which has not been microchipped.
Ealing Council and Dogs Trust have arranged for you to get your dog microchipped free at Islip Manor Park, Northolt on Thursday October 25th from 11am – 3pm.
Microchipping is one of the most effective ways to ensure that, if you lose your dog, it can be identified and returned to you. A microchip is a small electronic device which is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner. It is injected under the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades. If the dog is lost, it can be scanned and the microchip details can be matched to your contact details which are kept on a database. If you have a microchipped pet it is important to remember to keep your contact details up-to-date.
I’ve spent this afternoon meeting lots of dogs who, when they arrived, were not microchipped– but they will be when they leave. I’ve been having a tour of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. As a result of the success of the current ITV series For the love of dogs, Battersea are conducting tours of the Home, including parts not normally open to the public. Tours are every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until November 4th. Entry is £2. Tour times are available from www.battersea.org.uk/about_us/visit_battersea or phone 0843 509 4444.
Talking of television programmes, how do you fancy watching EastEnders in the company of an East End Cat? Cherry was found as a stray in Hackney and has been waiting for a home at the RSPCA’s Cat Adoption Centre since March. She is a small, young white and black cat who has spent much of her short life in the care of the RSPCA.
Although she is really gorgeous, she can be a bit assertive at times. I can’t say I blame her. She has spent virtually all this year confined in care and is getting desperate for a home of her own.
If you are able to offer Cherry a loving home phone 0300 123 0746 or go and see her at the RSPCA’s Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, off Norwood Rd, Southall UB2 4JS.