A number of members of staff from Erimus Housing and Tees Valley Housing are offering residents the chance to keep their furry friends safe after being trained in how to microchip dogs.
The move is part of a scheme from Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to encourage responsible dog ownership and ensure their pet can be recovered more easily if they are lost or stolen.
Both Erimus and Tees Valley, part of Fabrick Housing Group, are now offering the service for free by appointment in their offices and members of staff will also be attending events.
Dogs Trust is supporting housing providers by supplying 400 free microchips plus other related equipment and offering training to help launch microchipping campaigns in their areas.
They also receive a step-by-step guide and advice on ways in which tenancy agreements can be used to promote responsible dog ownership.
Every dog owner is legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and identification disc.
But since being introduced in 1989, over four million dogs and cats have been microchipped to ensure extra security, and this number continues to grow at an estimated 8,000 registrations per week.
Microchipping is now recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner's details are placed on a national database.
On a recent estate walkabout, Erimus Housing estate officer Gemma Williamson and Police Community Support Officer Alex Brisley came across a Yorkshire terrier with no identity.
Back at the office they were able to check if the dog had previously been microchipped with one of the recently issued scanners.
On checking the national database it identified that dog was chipped and that his name was Toby. Shortly afterwards the dog was reunited with his grateful owner.
For more information residents can pop into their local housing office or contact 08000 461 600.
Dog lovers will also want to join the active community of pet lovers on the Middlesbrough Council Dog Warden service Page on Facebook also known as Facebark Middlesbrough