Shenzhen announced a plan to microchip all dogs on top of registration in 2019 and officially began implanting free microchips in all registered dogs on “Love Your Pet Dog Day” on May 29 last year.
The move aims to help find lost or stolen dogs, stop citizens from dumping dogs and determine responsibility ·when disputes over dogs happen.
Shenzhen officially implemented pet dog-raising regulations in November last year, which stipulates that dog owners in the city will be punished if found raising unchipped dogs.
Shenzhen owned around 200,000 dogs and cats in 2019, according to official data. The total number of dogs and cats nationwide grew 8.4 percent year over year to nearly 1 billion in 2019, an industry white paper showed.