Friday, 21 August 2009

Gwynedd pet owners invited to Porthmadog

Pet owners are invited to a special open day by Gwynedd Council and the RSPCA aimed at promoting responsible animal ownership.

The action day, to be held at Y Ganolfan community centre, Porthmadog on Thursday, 22 September, 10am-4pm will include:

  • Free microchipping for dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Free dog tags and registration
  • Free advice and assistance on responsible pet ownership

Making sure that your pet is properly chipped and tagged is essential – should your dog, cat or rabbit get loose or go missing it could help in bringing them home to you.

Since April 2008, responsibility for stray dogs has been transferred from the police to local councils. The action day goes hand in hand with Gwynedd Council’s Companion Animal Welfare Enhancement Scheme, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Gwynedd Council are working in partnership with the West Gwynedd branch of the RSPCA on this scheme. The charity has donated 250 microchips to the event, which should go a long way towards ensuring the county’s pets are cared for and can be returned quickly to their rightful owner should they get lost.

Councillor John R Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Senior Resources Portfolio Leader, said:

“Losing your beloved pet can be an upsetting and stressful experience. Microchipping and registering an animal offers the hope of speeding up the process of getting the animal home.

“The scheme can also mean that a dog will not have to be taken to kennels – which can be confusing and distressing for the animal and expensive for the owner as they have to pay a release fee as well as a fee for every day spent there.”

For further information telephone (01766) 771000 or go to the Gwynedd Council website:


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