Micro-chipping, neutering, tagging and pet services in Brent


You are required by law to put an identification tag and collar on your dog when in a public place and should have your address and phone number on it. Failure to tag your dog could result in prosecution.

Thousands of pets go missing every year and are not returned to their owners because they have no form of identification. Wearing an identification tag not only enables someone to return your dog easily but also prevents unnecessary stays overnight in kennels which can be traumatic for many pets and costly to the owner.

We collect over 250 stray dogs each year. Many have no form of identification which would allow us to trace the rightful owner.


From 6 April 2016, dog owners who do not have their pets micro-chipped could face a fine of up to £500 under a new law affecting England, Scotland and Wales.

The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice and is completely harmless to the animal, is inserted in-between a dogs shoulder blades and contains a unique 15-digit registration number.

If a dog goes missing the chip can be scanned, which will help reunite the owner with their pet.

Brent Council offers a service to all residents in the borough to micro-chip your dog, for free.

If your dog has not yet been microchipped, you can avoid a fine by contacting the Animal Welfare Service on environmental.health@brent.gov.uk, to arrange an appointment. Please ensure that you put ‘Microchipping’ in the subject box.

Brent also runs free microchipping sessions in parks and open spaces: Find the next session.

Once chipped, do remember to keep your details up to date - you can contact the chip registration service if your details do change.

If you no longer have this information you can visit Pet Update, type in your pet's microchip number and the database your details are held with will be displayed.

If you don't have your pet's microchip number, contact your vet or implanter who may have your chip number on record, or contact environmental.health@brent.gov.uk to arrange for an animal welfare officer to visit your property and scan your pet and provide you with the microchip number.


In partnership with the Mayhew Animal Home, we are able to provide free neutering for bull breed dogs and cross breeds of this type.

£35 neutering for selected breeds of dogs

These vouchers can be issues to Brent residents who are in receipt of means tested benefits. Vouchers allow a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler, American Bulldog, Greyhound, Lurcher, Akita, Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd, Samoyed, Jack Russell Terrier or Border Collie, or any cross breed where the primary breed can be identified as one from the list above, to be neutered for £35 at participating veterinary centre.

Please contact our Animal Welfare Officers for more information or to claim your voucher.

Available for dog owners living in Brent who are in receipt of means-tested benefits.

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Removes the risk of womb infections and complications during pregnancy
  • Helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Avoids vets fees connected to the above

To apply for a neutering voucher, email environmental.health@brent.gov.uk including your name, address, dog’s name, age, breed and sex and proof of benefit. All operations
must be carried out at a participating vet. 

To find your nearest participating vet, please call 0333 202 1148. Voucher offer is valid until 31 December 2017 and is subject to availability.

For the full list of selected breeds of dogs, view the following document.

Low cost neutering for all other breeds of dog is also available via the Mayhew

 For further details please contact the Animal Welfare Service.