Assistance dogs provide such a vital service, and have such
an important impact on the lives of their disabled partners, that Dogs for the Disabled
are keen to do all they can to protect them from theft, straying or
accident. With dog-napping on the rise
in the UK, and the worrying figure of 900 dogs being stolen nationwide each week,
the charity have joined with the Missing Pets Bureau to give every one of their
200 assistance dogs across the UK the security of Petback MedAlert protection,
worth £149 per dog.
This means that every assistance dog will wear Petback
MedAlert ID tags that link to their microchip numbers, and are supported by
specialist pet reunification and emergency services, which are open 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. The scheme also
allows for the dog’s DNA to be stored alongside signed witness certificates so
that in the event of a dispute over ownership there can be no question of
In addition to ensuring the very best chance of
reunification should your dog go missing or be stolen, the Petback MedAlert
also means that should the worst happen, and your dog be involved in an
accident, then the Missing Pets Bureau will liaise with local services to
ensure that they receive emergency veterinary attention right away.
Missing Pets Bureau founder, Rupert
Honywood, said: "Dogs for the Disabled is a fantastic charity that changes
lives for their clients and we are delighted to offer all of their assistance
dogs our very best 24-hour protection with Petback MedAlert."
Sarah Watson, spokesperson for Dogs for the Disabled said:
“The rise in dog crime is a real worry and with the high level of care and
companionship our assistance dogs provide, not to mention the huge investment
that goes into their training, we feel a lot safer with the Missing Pets Bureau
team looking out for them!"