Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has created the ultimate kit for new home owners to help furry family members move into their new pad. As well as containing essentials like toys and a collapsible dog bowl to help make moving house easier for dogs, the kit has been created to encourage responsible dog ownership when moving house, most importantly, keeping microchip details up-to-date.
In recent research conducted by the charity, 46 per cent of British dog owners confessed they had not updated their pet’s microchips each time they moved home. With close to a quarter of those surveyed admitting that their beloved dog strayed within just two days of being in the new area, dog owners could be putting their pooches at risk by waiting to update vital information with their database provider.
To combat the issues found in the research, Dogs Trust’s limited edition kit provides dogs with much needed essentials and a printed tea towel to remind dog owners to update microchip details alongside their address, bank details and home insurance after they move home. With research finding that a third of dog owners admit to forgetting items belonging to their pooch in the flurry of a home move, the kit also includes a chew toy which 12 per cent of those surveyed said that they forgotten.
The Doggy Moving Day kit is available via an exciting competition only. For a chance to win the Dogs Trust kit, interested members of the public (UK only) are invited to email email@example.com with a 25 word response as to why they should win one. The competition will open on Thursday 23rd April, and responses will be accepted between 9.30am – 10.30am. Dogs Trust will select their favourite 75 entries, and winners will be notified by email.
Along with microchipping, updating your database provider with the correct details will also be compulsory in England and Scotland by April 2016 and the Welsh Government has committed to also introducing the legislation in Spring 2016. To find out more information on microchip databases and how to update a microchip, please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk/update-your-dogs-chip.