Concerns around the rise in dog thefts in 2020-2021 led to this collaborative
Dog Theft and Personal Safety campaign by Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
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.
Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement in the UK for owners to microchip dogs (at eight weeks old) and to keep their contact details up to date on a government approved microchip. This will be extended to cats in June 2024.
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.
Who to Trust
You can find the list of government approved microchip databases by visiting: www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped
If you’re unsure as to which database your pet is registered with, you can find that information on the