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Animal lovers take the lead in responsible pet ownership

Animal lovers are being urged to take the lead in responsible dog and cat ownership by getting their four legged friend micro-chipped for free.

Lambeth London Living has once again teamed up with the RSPCA London South East Branch to organise yet another free micro-chipping session for dogs and cats.

The session will take place at the North Lambeth Area Housing Office, 91 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4HQ on Tuesday 14 December between 4pm and 6pm. No appointment is necessary.

Dog chipping involves a microchip the size of a grain of rice injected under the skin of the dog between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique code number, the dog’s name, age, breed and health as well as the owner’s name, address and phone number. When the chip is "read" by a handheld scanner the code number is revealed and the details can be checked on a national database.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

"I would urge all cat and dog owners to take advantage of this free service. It gives pet owners piece of mind knowing that if their beloved animal goes missing that there is an extremely good chance they will be re-united."

If you have concerns regarding an animal’s welfare or suspect animal cruelty contact Lambeth Animal Welfare services on 020 7926 8860 or email  Alternatively contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999, or Lambeth Council’s anti-social behaviour reporting line on 020 7926 4000.

If your pet is already micro chipped it is important that your details are kept up to date. Contact Petlog on 0870 606 6751 to update your details.