Dog owners in Lichfield and Burntwood are being given the chance to get their pets micro-chipped.
The event at Beacon Park’s Swinfen Broun Pavilion on April 1 and Chasewater Country Park’s Innovation Centre on April 2 will see the service offered for £5.
Micro-chipping means that if a lost dog is found it can be easily identified and returned to its owner.
The district council has organised the event – which runs from 10am to 4pm – in response to the increasing amount of dogs that are being found across the area, but not being claimed by their owners.
Cllr Ian Pritchard explained:
“This is not just a local problem, and because of the rise in the number of stray dogs that are not being claimed from across the region, our kennels, Sunnyside near Featherstone, can no longer take the district’s lost dogs. From now on we will be taking any unclaimed dogs to City Dogs Home in Stoke-on-Trent.
“If your dog is not micro-chipped, these events are an easy and cheap way to make sure you don’t lose your dog for long.”
Lichfield District Council has an online lost dog register at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lostdogs. To claim your lost dog, please call the council’s Environmental Health team on 01543 308725.