Humane society to offer microchipping clinic

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Worried about losing a beloved pet? If so, the Andalusia Humane Society has a solution – microchipping.

Organizer Miranda Diel said the process provides instant identification of the pet owner once the animal shelter or a local veterinarian scans the chip.

Diel said the humane society will offer a microchipping clinic at Jones Veterinary Hospital on Sat., Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The microchips will be available on a first come, first serve basis and the organization has set a goal of 50.

Cost is $25 for the first pet and $15 for each additional pet, she said. “The regular price is $45.”

The proceeds will go to fund the humane society’s spay and neuter clinic, which is available at discounted prices depending on how much residents can pay.

Diel said lost or runaway pets are more common that most residents think.

“There are a lot of ways pets can get lost or stolen,” she said. “They run away while people are on vacation; jump out of the car while traveling; gun shots and fireworks also scare them.”

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a dog who belongs to someone,” she said. “But there is no way to reunite them with their owner. Through this program, we will see more reuniting.”