The Love is in the Chip
By FieldHaven Feline Center
One of the best ways you can increase your chances of finding your lost pet is by having him or her microchipped. This simple, small device is probably one of the most innovative tools that has been created to reunite you with your beloved pet.
A microchip is incredibly small: in fact, it is about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. When an animal is scanned, the information about their registered owner pops up. This gives shelters the opportunity to reunite pets with their owners.
Millions of animals end up as strays in shelters every year. Unfortunately, less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their families. Recent disasters in California caused thousands of people to flee their homes. Many only had time to get in their cars and leave without having the chance to locate, crate, and safely take their pets with them. Days and weeks later, as lost animals were found, the task then became bringing these lost family members back to their owners. Microchips drastically increase the likelihood of them being returned to their worried families.
FieldHaven was recently awarded a $250 grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation. We decided that money was a great start to fund a free microchip clinic for dogs and cats. On Valentine’s Day, FieldHaven shared the love and opened the Marketplace up to welcome anyone who wanted a free microchip for their pet. That grant along with additional funds from FieldHaven’s Tenth Life Club (TLC), has allowed twenty-eight dogs and cats to become microchipped; peace of mind for both owners and pets.