National Pet ID Week ~ Microchips $10!April 20, 2011
There is no thought more frightening to a pet owner than losing a cherished family pet. Besides standard ID collars, pet owners should consider microchipping should their pets get loose. The Humane Society of Elkhart County is raising awareness of this problem by participating in National Pet ID Week, starting April 18th.
One of the best ways to ensure that a lost pet is returned home is to have your pet microchipped. A microchip is a tiny computer chip, small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle, which is used to inject the chip underneath the skin of your pet. The procedure is completely safe and is no more painful to your pet than a typical vaccination injection.
Each microchip comes programmed with a unique identification number. This number is registered with a national tracking database system that can provide your name, address and telephone number. When receiving a lost pet, a shelter or veterinarian use a special hand-held scanner to detect and read the microchip. The identification number enables the owner to be found 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Unlike a pet collar with ID tags, a microchip is permanent and will not fade or become separated from your pet. As an added bonus, the chip is guaranteed to last for the entire lifetime of your pet, giving you piece of mind for as long as you own your pet.
“Losing a pet can be an extraordinarily difficult event”, said Anne Reel, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Elkhart County. “For many people, a pet is like a member of the family. We are always thrilled to be able to re-unite lost pets with their owners. Having your pet microchipped goes a long way towards ensuring that a lost pet can be returned quickly and easily.”
As part of National Pet ID Week, the Humane Society of Elkhart County is offering microchip service for only $10, half off the regular price of $20. This great price is available only for the week of April 18th; so call the Humane Society offices today at (574) 848-4225 to make an appointment for this invaluable service! The office is open 9am to 6:30pm, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm on Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday. Due to the volume of potential interest, appointments are necessary and will be made starting after 12:00 noon.