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Cross German Shepherd Dog is reunited with owners thanks to his microchip

Lucky Prince returns to his palace!

The Adams family from Hull were devastated when Prince, their two year old cross German Shepherd dog went missing, but due to his microchip, and the help of Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre, the family were recently reunited.

When terminally ill Mrs Adams needed a holiday abroad, it was decided that Prince should stay with a member of the family who lived in Essex. Unfortunately while there, Prince managed to escape from the garden and didn’t return.

The family were very concerned, especially Mrs Adams, she commented: "I felt helpless being so far away, I made a number of phone calls including one to Pet Log. Prince had been microchipped, but when we moved house, due to my health problems we had not found time to update the microchip information. However, when I called they had heard of Prince and put me in touch with Dogs Trust Snetterton.

Dogs Trust has been great. Prince’s leg had been badly broken as he had been run over, so Dogs Trust referred Prince to a specialist for surgery. After being released, Dogs Trust gave Prince a loving home until they were able to return him home to us. We are very thankful to everyone involved and also very relieved that we had Prince microchipped."

Diane McLelland-Taylor, Manager at Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre commented: "This is a lovely story, its so uplifting for all the staff when a family is reunited with their dog.
This story goes to show the importance of microchipping and keeping the details up to date, without this, there is a chance that Prince may never have found his family."

Dogs Trust believes that the most effective and humane way of reducing the problems of stray dogs in the long-term is best achieved through microchipping which is a simple, safe and painless procedure that can be performed by a vet or your local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, so that if your dog becomes lost or goes straying, a happy reunion is much more likely. It is also very important to remember that if you move home you must remember to update your dog’s microchip details.

The charity has an extensive campaigns programme to promote microchipping and neutering, and in the last year alone, has invested almost £3m in neutering and microchipping in the worst affected areas of the country. Since the scheme began in 1999, 150,000 dogs have been neutered and 184,000 have been microchipped through Dogs Trust.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 12, 500 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 15 Rehoming Centres nationwide. For anyone who is interested in helping the charity raise money or to become a volunteer, please contact Dogs Trust Snetterton on 01953 498 377.