Find out 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.
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.
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
Stray Aid provide free microchipping to dogs belonging to residents of County Durham seven days a week between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, excluding bank holidays. Call 0300 999 4247 to make an appointment at least the day before to make sure they have a volunteer available. Chipping subject to terms and conditions.
Your local vet
You can also get your dog microchipped by your vet.
Benefits of dog microchipping
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.
Did you know?
Last year ourpromoted the importance of making sure dogs are microchipped. free of charge and local Crufts winner, Marie Burns and dog, Devon, supported our campaign. See for details.
Can I get other pets microchipped?
For microchipping of other animals please contact your vet.
In partnership with
- Dogs Trust
- Stray Aid