Jasper Thanks His Lucky Chips
In September last year Jasper, a one year old Whippet, vanished from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Incredibly, six months later he has been found around 100 miles south, in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. Thanks to his microchip, Jasper was successfully reunited with his owners but has an interesting tale to tell.
Jasper was brought into Heath Veterinary Clinic in Hurstpierpoint on Thursday 12th March 2015 after being found by Wendy Jones who lives locally. On arrival Vet Rhian-Mai Jones immediately scanned him for a microchip. The details of his owner, Michael Ford, popped up and Rhian-Mai immediately got in touch to let him know Jasper had been found. Michael and his family were shocked and elated.
Later that evening, local resident Natasha Carr, came into the clinic stating she had lost her dog. It transpired that Jasper was indeed the dog she described. In October last year, Natasha saw Jasper (to her family known as Blue) chained to a caravan in a carpark close to Hurstpierpoint and was immediately concerned due to his malnourished appearance. She handed over a sum of money to who appeared to be his owner in order to take him home straight away. Natasha said “He looked so neglected I had to do something and immediately took him home, it never occurred to me he may have been stolen.” On learning that Jasper had been stolen from Michael and his family, Natasha said goodbye an emotional farewell. Michael added “We honestly thought that we’d never see Jasper again and cannot thank Wendy and Heath Vets enough. We thought he had been stolen but had no proof, now we know the truth.”
Jasper’s story highlights the importance of microchipping as without it he wouldn’t have been reunited with his owners. In April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped and through local veterinary practices, Dogs Trust are currently helping to offer free microchipping across the country.
Emily Chadburn, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Heath Vets, said “Microchipping is extremely important. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying a dog, although the law does state all dogs must wear a collar and tag with their owner’s details on it. “Jasper was lucky but there are hundreds of lost, stolen and abandoned dogs across the UK that, without microchipping, cannot be identified and returned home safely. “At Heath Vets we speak daily to pet owners about the importance of ensuring their pets are microchipped and in conjunction with Dogs Trust we are able to offer this service to dogs completely free of charge. We have also extended the free service to cats too.”
For further information about microchipping please visit http://www.chipmydog.org.uk/