As Christmas shopping begins to take hold, dog owners are being encouraged to pick up the perfect present for their pooch by registering for a free identity tag.
Cherwell District Council offers a free dog registration service which provides dogs with an identity tag containing a unique reference number.
When cross referenced with the council’s database, the tag will provide contact details for the dog’s owner, allowing officers to quickly reunite people with their pets.
Senior dog warden Neil Greenway said: “We know lots of people like to splash out on presents for their pets at Christmas time, but what better gift to get a dog than an identity tag which could help reunite them if the worst should happen.
“By spending just two minutes completing a free registration form now, owners could save themselves hours of heartache searching for their priceless pets in the future,” he added. During the 2013/2014 municipal year Cherwell picked up 169 lost or stray dogs across the district and provided 826 free dog tags to owners.
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to wear an identity tag in public, regardless of if they are microchipped. Failure to do so can result in a £25 fine.
To register a dog online, visit www.tiny.cc.uk/dogreg istration. Those who do not have internet access can call 01295 227003.