With rising concerns around the rise in pet theft reports, we wanted to help keep our supporters and their pets safe.
Watch this video or download the Trust's advice sheets for tips and guidance on personal safety as well as information on what to do should your dog be taken, such as reporting procedures and what evidence could be useful for a police investigation.
Sadly, fraudulent microchip websites do exist so it’s important to check which sites are reputable and have Government approval before you get your cat, dog or any other pet chipped.
Trading Standards warns against certain sites and if you’ve inadvertently registered your pet’s microchip on an unapproved database you could face a £500 fine.
Who to Trust
You can find the list of government approved microchip databases by visiting:
Visit our partners, Animal Friends Insurance, for more information on how you and your pet can remain safe at home and when out together.
To report an incident or any suspicious behaviour, call 101.
If the worst happens and you and your dog are targeted, ring 999.
If you are witness to a theft, or attempted abduction, the following details may be useful to the police:
Characteristics of the person taking your pet
Number of perpetrators
Any videos or photos you can safely take
In an emergency situation always call the police on 999.