Three in four people do not know that they should contact the local dog warden if they meet a stray dog, according to research carried out by Dogs Trust as part of its annual Stray Dog Survey.
The survey’s results are a mixed bag: while the number of stray dogs taken in by Local Authorities is at its lowest since data collection began 20 years ago, partly thanks to compulsory microchipping, 181 dogs still go missing every day. Dogs Trust found that, each day, about 10 chipped dogs are unable to be reunited with their families because the owners neglected to keep the details on their microchip up to date. Last year, it added up to 3,809 dogs whose owners could not be found.
Dogs Trust is urging owners to ensure the details on their dog’s microchip are correct at all times, and is also addressing the fact most people wouldn’t know what to do in the event they met a stray dog. To highlight the issue they took to the streets of London with ‘stray dog’ Henry, who approached members of the public for help.
Lee Paris, Dogs Trust Campaigns Officer, said, “By encouraging people to share this video and check their own dog’s microchip is up-to-date, we hope that we can increase people’s awareness of the issue and continue to reduce the number of stray dogs across the country. If owners ensure their dogs have up-to-date microchip details, a collar and tag and can come back when called, they can avoid their beloved pet becoming another statistic.
“We want to make sure that dogs and their owners can be reunited as quickly as possible – helping to make sure that ‘A dog is for life’.”
Image by Dogs Trust.