The Dogs Trust is offering free microchipping in a number of areas around the UK as part of a campaign to help owners track down pets when they go missing.
With animal shelters around the country already full to capacity, the prospect of family pets winding up in kennels while owners struggle to track them down only makes things harder.
Microchipping can allow owners to keep track of their animal companions, ensuring they don't stay missing for long and won't put unnecessary strain on rehoming centres.
The Dogs Trust will therefore be offering free microchipping at its Bridgend centre in South Wales on Monday January 14th between the hours of 11am and 3.30 pm.
The charity has also donated 400 microchips to the Riversmead Housing Association in East Hertfordshire so that residents can have their pets chipped for free.
According to a Dogs Trust spokesman, "by microchipping their dog, an owner can feel more assured that should they become lost or be stolen, they are more likely to be returned to safe and sound”.