Not enough dogs have been microchipped since the compulsory law came into affect one year ago, claims Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.\r\n\r\nThe charity revealed that\u00a0almost half the strays that come through its doors are still unchipped.\r\n\r\nToday (6 April), on the anniversary since compulsory microchipping was introduced, the charity has released photos of some of the many stray dogs that came into its centres without microchips and were found new homes.\r\n\r\nSince 6 April 2016, when the law was introduced, the charity has taken in 934 stray dogs across its three sites in London, Windsor and Kent. Many are taken in from Local Authorities, while others are brought in by worried members of the public.\r\n\r\nOf these, just 480 were microchipped - a rise of almost ten per cent year-on-year from April 2015 but still not enough.\r\n\r\nWhile a dog that is chipped is almost twice as likely to be claimed as one that is not chipped, the chip must be kept up to date with their owner\u2019s contact details \u2013 failure to do so means Local Authorities and animal shelters are still unable to trace the previous owners.\r\n\r\nOf all microchipped strays brought in to Battersea since the law was introduced, only 44 percent were reunited with their owners.\r\n\r\nBattersea\u2019s deputy chief executive, Peter Laurie, said: \u201cThe pictures show 12 other lovely stray dogs, like Pandora, that have come into our care with no way of tracing their owners. Luckily, we found loving new homes for all these dogs, but we continue to see the consequences of owners failing to chip their animals.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s encouraging to see that more of the strays that come to Battersea are microchipped but there are still so many who aren\u2019t. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is totally painless for an animal \u2013 there just isn\u2019t a good reason not to get it done, especially now it\u2019s been law for a year.\r\n\r\n\u201cBy making a decision not to chip their pet or not keeping the chip\u2019s details updated, the owner is gambling that their dog will never go missing. Unfortunately, dogs run away, escape and get stolen \u2013 it\u2019s not worth the risk. It\u2019s a simple procedure that could save both you and your pet from weeks of misery and distress.\u201d\r\n\r\nBattersea chips every animal in its care and offers free microchipping to all dog owners at its three sites.\r\n\r\nFor more information on Pandora, or any of the dogs and cats available for rehoming at Battersea, visit www.battersea.org.uk.