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Battersea helps reduce strays on the street

August 17, 2012

Battersea has teamed up with Lambeth Council to offer a series of free microchipping and tag engraving events to encourage responsible ownership of dogs and ensure they are easily identifiable should they be lost or stolen.

Although the events are open to Lambeth Living tenants only, it will certainly help to decrease the numbers of stray dogs on the streets of Battersea.

Lambeth Council allows its tenants to keep dogs if they meet certain conditions, including having their dog microchipped and providing a collar and tag which displays their contact details. Battersea hopes that in helping Lambeth’s residents fulfil their duties as responsible dog owners, it can cut down the number of dogs that are relinquished or abandoned in the borough.

In the last 12 months, 280 much-loved pets have come into Battersea’s care when owners who are living in rented accommodation cannot secure permission from their landlord to keep their four-legged friends.

Last year, only 2% of the dogs who came through the charity’s gates were wearing a collar and tag and only 28% were microchipped. Without these important forms of identification, it is virtually impossible to trace an owner should their pet be lost or stolen.

“It is up to private landlords if they allow tenants to keep pets or not, but in the case of Lambeth Living tenants who are allowed dogs, it is vital that they can be identified if they go missing” says Emma Hopkinson, manager at the Battersea branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “We would encourage all tenants to do this for their dogs and also to speak to us if they are having difficulty finding private accommodation which will allow them to keep their pets.”

Battersea runs a series of microchipping, tag engraving and responsible ownership events for members of the public throughout London. For more information please visit

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