Information about dog microchipping and where to get your dog microchipped in the county.
On 6 April 2016, in England and Wales, it became law that all dogs aged 8 weeks old or over must be fitted with a microchip.
If you already have a dog, and it is not microchipped, we recommend you have your pet fitted with an identification microchip.
Thinking of buying a puppy? Always use a registered breeder. From 6 April 2016, breeders are responsible for microchipping the puppy before it is sold. Always check the puppy is microchipped before taking it home.
We're working with Stray Aid to provide free microchipping to dogs belonging to residents of County Durham.
You must have bought your dog before the law changed.
Free microchipping is available to dog owners in the North East of England by Stray Aid Rescue Kennels, Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe, DH6 4EJ. Subject to certain terms and conditions.
Please contact 0300 999 4247 to make an appointment, at least the day before you intend to go to make sure they have a volunteer available. Microchipping is carried out seven days a week between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, excluding bank holidays.
You can also get your dog microchipped by your vet.
Our #BeLikeChip dog microchipping campaign (PDF, 1Mb) aims to educate and engage with dog owners about the importance of making sure their dog is microchipped. Local Crufts winner, Marie Burns and dog, Devon, are on board with our campaign. See Crufts winning duo back microchipping campaign for details.
Neighbourhood wardens and vets routinely check for identification microchips which means your dog can be returned to you if it becomes lost, stray, is found hurt, or is stolen.
To find out more about the new microchipping law, see Appendix 5 of Gov.uk's Gov.uk: policy paper 2010 to 2015 government policy: animal welfare or see our Dog microchipping law - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 240kb).
For microchipping of other animals please contact your vet.