The Montgomery County Humane Society wants all lost animals to return home and is offering public microchip clinics on Sunday, September 22, and Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 p.m. Clinics will be held at the Aspin Hill Memorial Park, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Aspen Hill Road , Silver Spring (enter from Aspen Hill Road across from Northgate Shopping Center ). Cost per dog or cat is $35. Selected pets will also be available for adoption.
Microchipping is a key tool to help reunite lost pets with their owners. The combination of ID tags and microchipping means pets are protected if they ever become lost.
Note that microchipping is effective only if the owner has also registered their contact information with the manufacturer of the pet’s chip. It should be done at the same time the pet is chipped.
Microchips should be used in addition to a collar and ID tags. ID tags and collar are visible from a distance and let people know instantly that the animal has an owner, but they can get lost or damaged. A microchip goes a big step further, saving time, stress and worry for both the owner and the lost pet. In the event of a disaster, a microchip can make a real difference in reuniting owners and their pets.
Millions of dogs and cats have been safely chipped over a 15-year period and numerous reunions have resulted, even after months or years. Contact vet or local shelter to schedule an appointment, and see County Adoption Fees for current charges.
For more information on microchipping and other important identification tools, visit these sites:
http://www.mchumane.org/preventionisthebeststrategy.shtml; http://www.foundanimals.org/blog/5-things-you-didnt-know-microchips/; www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Backgrounders/Pages/Microchipping-of-Animals-B...