Humane society’s microchip clinic a chance to keep pets protected

GHS is committed to safeguarding local pets and supporting pet owners in our community through the delivery of microchip clinics that offer access to permanent identification

The Guelph Humane Society is hosting a microchip clinic this weekend, a step that will help ensure lost pets are found as quickly as possible.

“When a pet goes missing it can be an extremely stressful experience — if the pet doesn’t have any form of identification, it can be even more traumatic.” says Lisa Veit, GHS’s executive director, in a news release.

Microchipping is a safe and common procedure that only takes a few seconds to complete, a news release says. The process is quick and painless and involves the permanent implantation of a chip the size of a grain of rice just under the pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. Lost pets can be scanned at shelters or veterinary clinics, and the microchip stores a unique identification number that links the pet to its owner’s contact information —increasing the likelihood of reuniting lost pets with their owners.

“While most dogs are often returned quickly to their owners, the same cannot be said of cats,” says Veit. “As the weather gets warmer and more people think about letting their cats outdoors, we strongly encourage cat owners to microchip their pets,” adding that the majority of stray or missing cats brought to the GHS each year have no form of identification – a barrier to reunite them with their families.

Open for both cat and dog appointments, GHS is committed to safeguarding local pets and supporting pet owners in our community through the delivery of microchip clinics that offer access to permanent identification.

To register for GHS’s Microchip Clinic, visit guelphhumane.ca or email [email protected] to reserve your spot. The clinic is April 29 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. in Guelph. The cost of the microchip appointment is $40 per pet. Proceeds from this event will help the GHS provide care and medical treatment to animals in need in the community.

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