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Make microchipping mandatory says cat charity

01 June 2017
Make microchipping mandatory says cat charity
A leading animal welfare charity is calling for the mandatory microchipping of cats after figures released today show that two in three stray cats are never reunited with their owners.
Around 7,000 strays had to be found new homes last year via Cats Protection because they had no form of identification so the charity is urging the Government to change the law to ensure this number is reduced in the future.
The plea comes at the start of National Microchipping Month (June) and is included in Cats Protection’s 2022 Agenda for Cats, which urges politicians from all parties to support measures to protect cats from abandonment, harm and neglect if they are elected in the coming General Election.
“We know from our research that less than a third of pet cats are microchipped and one in four have no identification at all,” explained Cat Jarvis from Cats Protection. “If all cats were microchipped the chances of reuniting missing cats with their owners would be greatly increased, leading to many more happy reunions.
“Legislation relating to the compulsory microchipping of dogs came into force last year so we are asking the Government to now turn its attention to cats.”
As part of its campaign, Cats Protection is urging cat owners to ‘chip their pets and keep their records up to date so they are able to reunite more missing moggies with their owners.
The charity’s latest video promoting the benefits of microchipping is available to view here
To find out more about the benefits of microchipping or Cats Protection’s 2022 Agenda for Cats please visit www.cats.org.uk
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For more information please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or media.office@cats.org.uk
Notes to Editors:
  1. Cats Protection commissioned Atomik Research to survey 2,000 cat owners across the UK in May 2016.
  2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk