National Microchipping Month is June 2012. This campaign encourages and promotes responsibility within pet ownership by supporting microchipping as a preferred method of permanent pet identification.
According to recent stats, 126,000 stray dogs were handled by authorities in the last year. Unfortunately 7.5 thousand of them had to be put to sleep and it was reported that 77% of those lost had not been microchipped.
The first country to put into practice microchipping was Denmark, they made it compulsory to have all puppies microchipped before they left their mothers at the age of 8 weeks old. By 2012 there were no stray dogs and only a couple of hundred that were lost.
The other countries that have also made microchipping compulsory include Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland and Spain. In the UK it is still being considered.