Free dog microchipping for Housing Hartlepool tenants
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FREE DOG MICROCHIPPING FOR HOUSING HARTLEPOOL TENANTS
Housing Hartlepool is offering its dog-owning tenants the chance to have their animals microchipped free as part of its focus on responsible pet ownership.
The housing company has teamed up with the Dogs Trust and Hartlepool Borough Council to arrange a series of sessions at three locations across the town during November.
Helen Ivison, Housing Hartlepool’s Housing Manager, said: “Housing Hartlepool prides itself on spearheading positive initiatives to support and enhance residents’ quality of life.
“We would urge our residents to take advantage of this free service as a microchip has a benefit to both dog and owner. If a microchipped dog is lost or strays, they are quickly reunited with their owner, saving stress and heartache all round.”
Denise Gilgallon, of The Dogs Trust, said: “Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council are to be commended for their proactive approach to encouraging responsible dog ownership.
“The Dogs Trust supports microchipping as an effective way of permanently linking pets to their owners, increasing the chances of them being reunited if the animal is lost, stolen or strays.”
Craig Thelwell, Hartlepool Council’s Waste and Environmental Services Manager, said: “Microchipping is one way of encouraging responsible pet ownership. It helps give owners peace of mind as they have the comfort of knowing if their dog goes missing, a microchip can help marry their pet up with its home address.”
Dog microchipping sessions will be held at:
• The Phoenix Centre, Hindpool Close on Wednesdays November 3 ,10, 17 and 24 from 6pm to 8pm and on Saturdays November 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am to 12noon.
• Burbank Community Centre, Burbank Road: Wednesdays November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 12noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. Saturdays November 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am to 12noon.
• Owton Manor Communtiy Centre, Wynyard Road: Wednesdays November 3, 10, 17, 24, 12noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Saturdays November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10am to 12noon.
From January 3, all new Housing Hartlepool tenants or existing tenants who transfer to another property will have to have their dogs chipped as a condition of their tenancy agreements. The aim is to build up a database of dogs living on borough estates to help tackle lost and stray dogs.
When a chip is implanted, it gives a pet a unique code number, which is then stored along with the owner’s contact details on a national database. This information can be updated if an owner moves house or a pet’s ownership changes.
CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436
Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
l-r Ted Lee, resident, Joanne Taylor Hartlepool Borough Council, Denise Gilgallon from The Dogs Trust and Helen Ivison from Housing Hartlepool with Daisy the German Shepherd and Angus the English Sheep Dog