GUELPH, ON (April 23, 2019) – Losing a pet can be a stressful situation and when pets don’t have any identification it can be even more worrisome. The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is hosting their first Microchip Clinic of the year on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln Inc., located in the Guelph Auto Mall at 895 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON. Microchips provide a safe and effective way to help lost pets return home quickly and safely.
A microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, is permanently implanted in the pet and stored with a unique identification number linking the pet to the owner’s contact information, thereby increasing the likelihood of pets being reunited with their owner, if they become lost. Microchipping is a common and safe procedure, and only takes a few seconds to complete. When a pet is found, animal shelters and veterinary clinics scan the pet for the microchip, which can ensure your pet’s safe ticket home.
“We have held five Microchip Clinics since 2017, where we have microchipped over 300 pets in our community so far”, says Lisa Veit, Associate Director of the Guelph Humane Society. “GHS is committed to reuniting as many lost pets with their owners as possible, and proper permanent identification is key to helping us bring pets and their families back together.”
The Microchip Clinic is open to both cats and dogs, and the Guelph Humane Society is calling out to all cat owners in particular to have their cat microchipped. Every day, the Guelph Humane Society receives several lost reports for cats that have gone missing, including indoor cats that have accidentally escaped. Many of these cats have no identification to help them return home.
The Guelph Humane Society has seen many animals reunited with their guardians thanks to microchip identification. “We encourage pet owners whose pets are not currently microchipped to register for the Microchip Clinic on May 4th”, says Veit. “All of our adoptable cats and dogs are microchipped prior to going to their loving home, and we’d like to ensure that more pets in the community have permanent identification to get them home quickly if they become lost.”
The Guelph Humane Society also wants to remind pet owners that once a pet is microchipped, it is important to keep the registration information accurate. Keeping your contact information current is key, as people move and change addresses or phone numbers all the time.
For anyone interested in registering for our Microchip Clinic, please visit https://bit.ly/2K36ePT or call the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091 to reserve your spot. Both cat and dog appointments will run from 9am to 4pm. The cost of the microchip implant is $35. All proceeds from this event will help the GHS provide care and medical treatment to animals in need in our community.
Guelph Humane Society:
The Guelph Humane Society has been caring for animals in Guelph and Wellington County since 1893. Each year the GHS cares for approximately 3000 animals in need, providing housing and adoption services, veterinary care and a progressive spay/neuter program. The Society also boasts strong humane education programs that impact thousands of children. The Society relies solely on the generous support of the public to operate its facility, programs, investigations, and provide care to animals in our community. Visit www.guelphhumane.ca to discover more.
Guelph Humane Society