It will soon be the law to microchip your dog - and you can still get your pet registered for free at a number of local chipping sessions.
Kirklees Council’s dog wardens are able to fit chips to ensure that owners meet the new legal requirements by the cut-off date of April 6.
A microchip means the dog’s address and owner’s details are recorded on a national database for vets and other authorities to check when a pet goes missing or is stolen.
To attend a session at popular dog-walking spots in Birstall, Dewsbury or Earlsheaton, a dog must be over 12 weeks old. The chip will be inserted under the scruff of their neck and is about the size of a grain of rice.
Owners of dogs found without a chip could face prosecution and a £500 fine once the new rules come into force in the spring.
Wardens will be available at Oakwell Hall Visitor Centre on Friday February 26 from 9am-1pm, Crow Nest Park’s Parklife Lodge in Dewsbury on Tuesday March 8 from 10am-3pm, and Earlsheaton Park on Tuesday April 5 from 10am-2pm.
Dog microchipping normally costs up to £30 but the service is being provided free of charge thanks to funding from the Dogs’ Trust charity.