Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 10, 2010

Second Chance Micro- Chip Clinic

Champ the Champ

My name is Champ, a homeless pet here at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter.   I am one of many pets at Second Chance who arrived without any identification, making it pretty difficult for me to be returned to my family.

I am not alone in this situation, as an average of 8 to 12 million companion animals end up in shelters across the country each year. Sadly, only about 15 percent of those dogs and 2 percent of the cats are reunited with their owners. These dreary statistics can easily be remedied through the simple prevention approach of the microchip.  To promote the advantages of microchipping, Second Chance is offering another low cost Microchip Clinic on Saturday February 6th at the Second Chance Shelter in Ridgway!  Details are below…

For readers unfamiliar with the microchip – they are harmless and very tiny – the size of a grain of rice.  They are implanted quickly and painlessly into subcutaneous layer of your pet’s skin.  The serial number they are encoded with can be read by a scanner and tracked immediately to the pet parent listed in the database.

Despite rumors to the contrary, microchips do not have GPS capability to locate a missing pet, nor can they be accessed by a satellite, so your pet can not be tracked by a government entity or identified beyond a range of about three to 12 inches.  A microchip implant does help to recover lost pets turned into an animal shelter, animal control, or a veterinarian’s office, or any entity utilizing scanners to identify lost pets.

As with any ID method, it is imperative for pet parents to keep your database information current.  More than once pets have arrived at Second Chance with a microchip that did not link to a working phone number or address, thus rendering it useless.

Consider microchipping your pet as an insurance policy for your pet’s return if ever lost.  Even for pet parents who are diligent about keeping their pets in collars with I.D. tags – pets often “Houdini” out of their collars.  Additionally, cats are less likely to find their way home once lost because they are less likely to be given collars and identification tags by their parents. 

We hope that community members will visit us at the Second Chance Shelter with your pets to take advantage of the great deal on micro-chipping.  This is the absolutely best way to assure that your pets can quickly be returned if lost and Second Chance is making it affordable at only $25 per pet (normal costs range from $50 and up).

Dr. Allison Branson of the Telluride Veterinary Clinic will be volunteering at the Shelter to microchip your pets from the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday February 6th

Because Second Chance believes so strongly in providing all pets with a secure identity source, all adoptable pets, such as me, receive a microchip prior to adoption.  I also happen to come with a great sense of humor, loving and playful personality, and dashing good looks. 

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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