What does the option "do not use for reunification" mean?
Dogs born or imported after April 1st 2013 must be registered in a government-approved database. Also, all changes in the dog’s details must be recorded. As a database provider, we must offer the owner the opportunity to meet this obligation, without using the database’s function (reuniting a missing animal with its owner). If you indicate that the registration of a dog is not to be used for reunification, we cannot release any details of the owner once a missing dog has been found. In that case, the dog goes to an animal shelter and, after a fixed period, becomes eligible for relocation. Seeing that the databases mainly exist to reunite missing animals with their owners, we advise you to DO make use of the reunification possibility. Therefore, it is preferred to leave the tick box alone. Only use it if a new owner insists on not using the option and is well aware of the possible consequences. If an owner does not want to show his/her details in the public section, it is better to use the option "reporting institution only". In that case, a found animal can still be traced back to an owner through you or us. Also, try to explain to the owner that "public" means that his/her details can only be retrieved by someone who knows the 15-digit microchip number. We advise people to always choose for a full release of details (reporting institution + owner’s details) for a fast and simple reunification of a missing animal with its owner.