The Importance of Microchips!
Darla Gone for a whole year – Recovered through microchip
Good Sam Darla sent us a message last month asking what steps she should take regarding this kitty that had been stopping by every evening for a few months. In addition to filing a report on our free lost and found pet database, I also suggested she stop by a vet to have her scanned for a microchip for free and guess what?
She had a chip! Her name is Penny and she had been missing for ONE YEAR!!!!
Unfortunately the reunion wasn't as happy as everyone had hoped. Penny was spooked and didn't recognize her family at first. But at least she's home safe and sound thanks to Darla!!
A good permanent method of permanent pet ID is the microchip. A microchip is a tiny identification device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted beneath the skin of your pet. Each chip contains a unique identification number. When a pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic. All shelters and vets will provide this service free of charge.
Many companies now offer microchips for pets. They are not terribly expensive. Often humane societies offer low-cost microchipping clinics, so ask your local humane society or consult your vet.