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Friday, December 5, 2014
A Microchip Can Be a Ticket Home
A quick injection places a microchip under kitty's skin
Ruby getting "wanded".
A loyal warlkids reader reminded me that micro-chipping saves lives. A common statistic in the animal-sheltering world is that, out of the 8 million animals who end up in shelters every year, only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reunited with their guardians. Micro-chipping can help boost the return rate. Every cat, dog, puppy and kitten adopted from the Washington Animal Rescue League is "chipped". The quick procedure involves inserting a tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the animal's skin through an injection. The information on the chip is then registered to the adopter or traced back to WARL. That way, if the cat or dog gets lost and is brought to a shelter or animal hospital, the identification information stored on the chip can be read and used to contact the animal's person. The identifying information is read by a scanner/wand. And then, everyone lives happily-ever-after!