Each day, thousands of cats and dogs are separated from their owners. Sadly, only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats are successfully reunited with their loving families. More than half of these animals are not wearing collars or ID tags by the time they reach a shelter. To help increase these odds, have your pet microchipped!
The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is painlessly implanted between the shoulder blades of your pet using a quick, non-surgical process. The implanting procedure is similar to that used for vaccination and does not require the use of anesthesia. Each microchip carries a unique number that is logged onto a national database. When a scanner is passed over the microchip low frequency radio waves created by the scanner activate the microchip, allowing the unique number to be read. If your pet finds its way to a vet, animal hospital or animal shelter, it will be scanned to see if a microchip is present. If your pet has been microchipped, the odds that your story will have a happy ending are significantly increased.
As a community service, the Homeward Animal Shelter offers microchip clinics several times a year for cats and dogs owned by members of the public. Cost is $20 per pet and no appointment is necessary. All clinics are held at the shelter. Please ensure that your pets are either on leash or in a carrier while at the shelter, for the safety of your pet and others.