By law, dogs need to have two forms of identification when in a public place. They should have a microchip inserted under their skin which is kept up to date and an ID tag which should be securely fixed to their collar or harness.


All dogs must be microchipped, and the keeper’s detail must be registered on one of the authorised databases. The law applies to dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks unless an exemption certificate has been issued by a vet. Your dog will be microchipped prior to arrival.

PLEASE NOTE: We transfer the microchip details to you whilst your dog is on transport, you’ll receive your paperwork within about a week. All dogs will be dual registered to Pawprints to Freedom Ltd and their adopter or fosterer.

Dog owners/keepers must keep their details up to date. For example, if you move to a new house you should contact your microchip provider as soon as possible. Once a chip is registered, owners/keepers will receive a paper copy in the post along with instructions on how to change details when needed. Store this safely. You should also give your dog’s chip number to your vet.

Owners/keepers who do not have their dog microchipped and registered with an authorised database may face a fine of up to £500 – a lot more than the cost of a phone call.

Dennis, adopted May 2019

ID Tags

It is also a legal requirement that your dog wears an ID tag with the owner’s details on it when in a public place. You should have your tag preordered ready for when your dog arrives. This tag can either be on the collar or harness itself or on a tag attached to the collar or harness. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a tag with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional (but advisable). ID tags are included in our dog starter packs.

TIP: If your dog goes missing, contact us as soon as possible. We work with a number of organisations who specialise in helping to reunite owners/keepers with their dog.