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NEWS RELEASE No: 162301 APRIL 2014

Dog microchipping event at Town Lane Field

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Young children walking with dog through on a forest

The Forestry Commission and the RSPCA Southport & Ormskirk Animal Shelter are running a dog microchipping event at Town Lane Field in Southport on Friday 11 April.

Microchipping a pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned home if they become lost or stolen. It is a simple process where a tiny microchip is inserted under the dog’s skin, giving the pet their own unique code. Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.

The event is being run by the RSPCA Southport & Ormskirk Animal Shelter and is being hosted by the Forestry Commission on the Town Lane Field site which they manage.

The event will run between 10am and 4pm and will be on a ‘drop in’ basis so no appointment required. Town Lane Field is located near Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport. There is a minimum donation of £5 per pet.

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Media contact: Laura Freer, 07733 300176

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.