SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 24, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will encourage dog owners to embed microchips into their canine companions to help identify them in the event their loss or abandonment.
The city will offer 10,000 won (US$9) starting March 1 to owners seeking to embed chips into their pets at some 600 animal hospitals in Seoul to help aid them in their registering process.
The offer will be available to 32,000 dog owners who apply on a first-come-first-served basis.
The city has been offering similar funding for three years since 2019 to encourage microchip registration for pets. Owners are required by the Animal Protection Act to register their canine companions residing in their households after they are two months old. Dog owners are subject to as much as 600,000 won (US$541) in fines should they fail to register them, according to Article 47 of the law.
Embedded registration chips, the size of a grain of rice, are inserted subcutaneously between the shoulders of the animals, limiting the possibility of damage or loss compared to wearable devices.
Starting February 12, pet shops and sellers are also required by law to register the names of the buyers or adoptees at the point of sale or adoption.
“Pet registration is mandatory for owners who cherish their animal companions as it serves as the most basic of fail-safes to prevent their loss or abandonment,” said Park Yu-mi, DirectorGeneral of Citizens’ Health at the Seoul Metropolitan Government. “We encourage our citizens to take advantage of the city’s offer starting March 1 and register their pets.”