If your dog is microchipped you need to read on as the Vets Get Scanning / UK Get Scanning appeal affects you!
Vets sell us microchips proclaiming what a wonderful system it is and it is when it works! What Vets don’t tell you is that they will not scan all new dogs with owners registering at their practices for microchips because of data protection issues and they don’t have the time to check details of the registered keeper.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has now stated:-
“We support scanning new patients as best practice”
This is a huge leap forward and we thank BVA but we now need to make sure your vet is taking this directive on board!
Stolen and missing dogs may fall through the loop hole of vets not scanning all new patience at registration. What this means is that if your dog is stolen and sold on to an unsuspecting new owner when they go to a Vet, the dog will not be scanned because an owner is present and consequently the owner won’t get their dog back home!
The whole microchipping system in place today is a farce and seriously needs over-hauling if not completely updating, that chance is happening now as legislation is now being looked at, prior to the introduction of ’compulsory microchipping’ on the 6th April’16.
There has recently been a Pet Theft Census published by MoreThan Insurance and states that:-
Official Police Data shows the equivalent of at least three Cats and Dogs were
stolen every day last year. Showing that 54% of owners never see
their pets again.
52% are stolen from owner’s gardens.
19% are stolen in a house burglary.
16% are stolen from owner while on a walk.
7% are stolen while tied up outside a shop
5% are stolen from a car.
The aim of the Vets Get Scanning appeal is:
- We want all vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are scanned for microchips on their first visit, as well as the back log of dogs that they have registered but have never been scanned.
- This is the only time a stolen microchipped dog that has been sold to the unsuspecting public will have of coming into contact with a scanner.
- This will result in stolen dogs being reunited with their rightful owners.
- We also believe that Permanent ID and the routine Scanning of all dogs are powerful weapons in the fight against Dog Theft.
- A microchip should prove ownership.
- Councils should scan for microchips
- Rescues should scan for microchips and check owners details.
- Highway agencies should scan injured and deceased animals.
A Microchip is useless to a stolen/missing dog, unless Vets Get Scanning and the microchipping system is completely updated!
THE FACTS ABOUT MICROCHIPS.
Is a microchip proof of ownership? NO
Do all vets scan pets with owners at registration? NO
Do all rescues scan before rehoming? NO
Do all council pounds scan before seven day deadline? NO
Do all rescues cross check surrendered pets with microchip registration? NO
Do all Highway Agencies scan deceased pets? NO
Do all exit ports from the UK scan pets leaving the UK? NO
Please sign this petition, you may need your pets microchip to be scanned one day!
Please look on our monthly ‘Archive Posts’ for missing and stolen dogs, some with wonderful updates when they are reunited with their owners.
Sharing missing dog posts, get’s them home. Thank you.