L to R back: John and Margaret Nawrockyi, DTA, Mark LRSEC, Celia Walsom, Petlog, Mark and Helen Thompson LRSEC, front: Sarah Fry Pet-ID, Max a LRSEC Labrador, Nikki Powditch DTA, Allen Parton DTA with his loyal Labrador Assistance dog Endal
DOG THEFT Action presented its first microchip scanner to Labrador Rescue South East and Central (LRSEC) last Friday (29th September) at the Kennel Club’s HQ in Clarges Street, London.
DTA Trustees Chairman Neil Ewart, Vice Chairman Allen Parton and his canine partner Endal, Treasurer John Nawrockyi, Secretary Margaret Nawrockyi and Events Secretary Nikki Powditch attended the auspicious event. LRSEC was represented by Helen and Mark Thompson, Mark Dyer and his 9-year-old Labrador, Max who was himself a LRSEC dog.
The identification of dogs is a legal requirement. By law, all dogs must wear a collar and tag bearing the owner’s name and address when in public. However DTA is keen to recommend permanent identification to all dog owners so that the process of reunification can run effectively if dogs stray or if they have been stolen then sold or passed on to unsuspecting owners. To aid this, DTA has launched its own Scanner Appeal to provide some of the dedicated welfare and rescue organisations in the canine world with microchip scanners to ensure that no stolen dog is rehomed without first being scanned for a microchip.
LRSEC Secretary Margaret Stocks said: ‘The area co-ordinators and volunteer helpers of LRSEC are celebrating 10 years of helping Labradors this year, with over 5,000 being settled in permanent homes. We are extremely honoured and delighted to be associated with Dog Theft Action. Allen Parton, who is associated with both DTA and LRSEC, has been instrumental in encouraging the co-operation between both organisations, recognising the need for all dogs to find and remain in loving homes.
‘In today’s society, with the increase in relationship breakdowns and changes in family circumstances we are faced with an increasing number of dogs who require new homes. We are also faced with the growing problem of missing or stolen dogs. Ideally all dogs should be microchipped to maximise the chances of them being found and reunited with their families. It is very difficult for us to scan all dogs requiring new homes, so we are extremely grateful to be the recipients of the first donated scanner and our thanks go to DTA and to Sarah Fry of Pet-ID.’
Recently a LRSEC supporter had two microchipped, yellow Labrador puppies stolen from her home in Harefield, Middlesex. The male puppy was recovered after being sold in a pub – the bitch is still missing. LRSEC are hopeful that her microchip will assist in the safe recovery of this little puppy and they encourage kennels, vets and related organisations to scan all dogs that they come into contact with whether they are alive or deceased and share any information they have with the PetLog Reunification Service as quickly as possible.
Over refreshments in the prestigious Kennel Club Gallery, Sarah Fry of Pet-ID and PetLog Manager, Celia Walsom who had facilitated the whole event, were able to answer any questions about microchipping and scanning. Then the presentation was made by Sarah, who had donated this first scanner to kick-start the appeal, followed by a demonstration on the correct way to use it.
Despite a dubious weather forecast, the sun was shining as everyone made their way over to nearby Green Park, where a photo shoot by photographer Derek Wright took place by kind permission of the Royal Parks Agency. After patiently posing for the photographs, during which they behaved impeccably, Endal and Max enjoyed a good scamper round the park during which they behaved – well – like Labradors!
DTA Treasurer John Nawrockyi said, ‘DTA are hoping to present 50 scanners during the next 12 months. We will be raising funds for the Scanner Appeal from our stand at Discover Dogs. Every penny donated to the Scanner Appeal will go towards purchasing an easy to use hand-held, radio frequency scanner which reads both the International Standard microchips FDXB and FDXA which can be presented to an organisation involved in canine rescue and welfare.’
Anyone wishing to make a donation please contact DTA on: 01652 688089 or www.dogtheftaction.com to donate online.
The next scanner will be presented to Humberside Cavalier Rescue on 15th October.
DTA would like to thank several people for making the presentation such a happy occasion; Sarah Fry of Pet-ID, Celia Walsom of PetLog, Margaret Stocks of LRSEC, Rebecca Smart from the KC, photographer Derek Wright, William Evershed and the Royal Parks Agency.