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Microchip IDs reunite pets and their families

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers microchip ID clinics for dogs and cats regularly throughout the year, primarily in Calloway County and in adjacent counties upon request. Microchipping is a permanent way to identify an animal and can often lead to the return of the animal to its owner in the unfortunate event that the animal gets separated from its owner.  The cost of the chip, implanting the chip and registration in the national database is only $10.
     The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the animal’s skin between its shoulder blades.  The life expectancy of the microchip is 25 years. 
     Approximately two dozen Humane Society volunteers are trained on how to inject the microchip and fill out the associated paperwork that accompanies each chip.  The Humane Society has microchipped more than 3000 dogs and cats since the program began in March 2006.
     Statistics indicate that 30% of companion animals will become separated from their owners at some point in their life.  According to Stephanie Hagen, Humane Society coordinator of the microchip program and animal health technologist, “Having a permanent way of identifying the animal is critical because sometimes collars and identification tags will fall off.” 
     The identification number which appears when the pet is scanned is directly linked to the owner of the animal and will give the person scanning the animal enough information to reach the owner. The contact information is kept on file in a national database and can be updated at any time by a phone call or on the Internet.  The microchip used by the Humane Society can be “read” by any scanner used in the United States.
     Humane Society Immediate Past President Tom Rottinghaus said, “The overwhelming majority of animals that enter animal shelters have no identification on them.  It is estimated in Kentucky that 85% of animals that enter animal shelters are euthanized because of overpopulation and not being able to identify the animal’s owner.  We’re trying our best to do something about that and make happy reunions possible for lost pets and their families.”
     For more information on microchip IDs, click here or contact the Humane Society at 270-759-1884 or humanesociety@murray-ky.net.
 

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