Debbie Matthews, the daughter of the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and his first wife Penny Calver, wants to ensure that all pets are with their true owner, following her own personal heartache. The 66-year hopes to do this by asking vets to check the microchip of each pet they see.
After years of campaigning on the matter, it looks as though a change in the law is on the horizon.
Fifteen years after she first embarked on her mission, the government is considering making it the law.
In addition to this, it will call for the compulsory microchipping of cats.
Debbie’s dedication to the campaign began when she experienced the heartache of losing a pet first hand.
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During a trip to M&S in Camberley, Surrey, Debbie’s Yorkshire terriers Gizmo and Widget were stolen from her car.
She said it was her father’s high profile that helped her track down her beloved dogs.
When reunited, her husband asked her what she would change to prevent this sort of thing happening again, she said microchipping was the answer.
“My husband said later, ‘What would you change?’ I said it would be for dogs to be scanned and microchip registration checked by vets.