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Protect your pet by checking their chip

Published Tuesday 10 August, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Pet owners can now have their animals’ chip checked and have their dog over the age of eight weeks old microchipped for free at two community events in Faversham.

Swale Borough Council’s dog warden will be checking pets’ chips to make sure their information is up to date at two Optivo community events in Faversham.

The Faversham youth summer day events, run by Faversham Youth Council and Optivo, includes frisbee golf, bungee run and climbing wall, arts and crafts, table tennis and air hockey with lots of freebies and giveaways.

The first event is at West Faversham Community Centre on Wednesday, 18 August, and the second event is at Faversham Recreation Ground on Wednesday, 25 August, both from 10am to 3.30pm.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for the environment at the council, said:

“We encourage anybody who owns a pet - dog, cat, guinea pig, rabbit, ferret, tortoise - to come down to the community events in Faversham.

“Our dog warden will be available to check the microchip details on a wide variety of pets. Having your up-to-date information on your pet’s microchip is the best thing you can do to protect your pet if they go missing, get lost or are stolen.

“When we find a stray dog, the first thing we do is check the microchip so we can contact the owner. If the contact information is out of date or incomplete and we cannot contact the owner, your dog will be taken to the holding kennels. To stay connected with your pet, you must keep your contact information up to date.

“As well as chip checking a variety of pets on the day, our dog warden can also microchip any dogs over the age of eight weeks.”

“Once you’ve had your dog microchipped or pet scanned, we’ll send you information about how to keep your details correct and your pet safe.”