Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | December 1, 2010

Macro Approach to Micro-Chipping

Snoopy is Still Looking for his Charlie Brown

As the “cat-astrophy” wages on at the Second Chance Shelter – with fifty cats and kittens looking for new homes to be adopted into, Second Chance is working to boost its prevention efforts by increasing micro-chip clinics throughout its service region.  Micro-chipping your pet is the fastest and most effective means for pet parents to be reunited with lost pets.  It is quite simply an easy, affordable, and necessary practice for assuring that your pets are returned to you in the event that they are lost.

Lately, there has been a particular influx of stray cats from within the City of Ouray.  Thus, on Saturday December 18th Second Chance Humane Society will be hosting a Micro-Chip clinic at the Ouray Community Center from 11 am to 3 pm.  The event, sponsored by DogWatch of the Western Slope (www.dogwatchofthewesternslope), will be specifically targeting cat parents within the City of Ouray and offering free microchips (a $50 value!) to the first 15 participating cats.  However, this event is also open to all pet (dog or cat) parents, regardless of place of residence, for the low price of $25 per pet.  (This event will also have adoptable pets available and retail items from the Shelter pet store.)

For pet parents that are unsure about micro-chipping your pet: micro-chips 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 – no surgery is involved.  The serial number that micro-chips are encoded with can be read by a scanner that most veterinary offices and animal rescue facilities possess.  And, despite rumors to the contrary, microchips are not accessible by satellite and do not have GPS capability, and thus cannot be tracked by a government entity or identified beyond a range of about three to 12 inches. 

The serial number encoded in a micro-chip can be tracked immediately to the pet parent listed in a database (thus it is imperative that pet parents keep their contact information current).  Should you micro-chip your pet?  With an average of 8 to 12 million companion animals landing in shelters across the country each year, only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats are reunited with their parents…

If you are unable to attend any of our clinics we also offer micro-chipping by appointment at the Second Chance Shelter (any day of the week between 10AM and 5 PM) for the same discounted price of $25.  If you have further questions or concerns about micro-chipping please contact us at the number below.

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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