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    Hi all,

    Bit of a weird question, but how do you go about changing microchip details into your name if you have no information about the previous owner?

    I know you can fill out a stat dec and send that in if you don't have signed paperwork but I was under the impression you still needed to state who you purchased the dog/pet off and have their details, or do you only need to state the animal now belongs to you and have it signed by a JP?

    Long story, but if someone can tell me what info is essential to change ownership without the official forms signed, that would be appreciated.

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    You can find the form online and you send it to your council.

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    If the dog has a microchip, then a vet or the RSPCA etc - should be able to find the previous owner's details. The RSPCA or AWL would know what the procedures are for if the dog has been abandoned or re-homed ie I think if the previous owner doesn't respond within a certain amount of time, they can do what they like with the dog.

    I tried to get my dog registered with a second microchip database, but they said I needed to take my dog to the vet to verify - argh, I'd just been and the reason I wanted to get my dog registered with the second database was because that was the one the vet uses, and the link to the one AWL uses was broken.

    Pet Address

    Will tell you which database the pet is registered with... and then you can ask them directly what you need to do to change the details to your name.

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    Thanks Hyacinth

    I didn't think the registry places would be allowed to give out details of the owners. I have the microchip number, and I thought I'd lost the piece of paper that had the previous owners details, but I had a good look around again and I found it. I rang the registry and they emailed me a form and a stat dec to print out and fill in, she said to just write how the dog came into my possession and mention names if possible and have it signed by a JP. I didn't realise it was so complicated when you had no signature!

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    Hi Blackthorn

    The registry places won't give you - a member of the public - the owner details, but they will give it to authorised people in positions of trust - like your council rangers, most vets, RSPCA etc. Otherwise - how do these dogs get back to their original home when lost ie what's the point of a microchip if they won't give out the details.

    So that's why you have to take the dog to the vet to get the microchip details verified and find out if the previous owner gave up the dog or it was stolen or lost... etc.

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    We recently had a similar situation but with a cat - the change of ownership laws are the same for both dogs and cats.

    We gave the local council a stat dec (signed by a jp) saying we had the animal. We stated date he came into our care, vet he came from, how long he had been at the vet and we added we were of the opinion the animal was homeless and we were not aware of who any previous owner was or whether they could be traced.. We then added a letter from the vet who stated the the animal had been with them and unclaimed for a period of 2 months. We decided less was more when writing the stat dec. Keep to the facts, no excuses or trying to explain situations.

    Just leave the previous owner section blank.

    Our cat was microchipped but there was no owner registered locally, only nationally. Whether they ever contacted those people I don't know.

    One week later we received confirmation he is now registered to our family. I can remember being really nervous throughout that week hoping there would be no problems/hiccups. I had thoughts of telling them the cat had run away if they came to take him !!!!! I catastrophed just a bit ... lol.

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