GUELPH, ON (February 28, 2023) It is easy for a pet to go missing; backyard gates that blow open can lead to a quick escape for dogs, and front doors left ajar are all too alluring for curious cats.

This is why Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is hosting a Microchip Clinic this Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its new location at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. — to help ensure lost Guelph and Wellington County pets are returned home as quickly as possible.   

Bullmastiff, in snow
Bullmastiff , Georgie, arrived as an un-microchipped stray at GHS this winter.

“In the month of February, GHS had 32 stray animals come into care. Less than half of which were microchipped,” says Katherine Leonard, Manager, GHS’s Community Programs & Outreach. “The first step that we take when a stray pet comes into the shelter is to scan them for a chip. If the pet has a chip, and the contact information is up to date, all it takes is one quick phone call to reunite them with their owner.” 

Leonard says microchipping is a safe and common procedure that only takes a few seconds to complete. The process is quick and painless and involves the permanent implantation of a chip the size of a grain of rice into the pet, just under the skin between the shoulder blades. Scannable at shelters or veterinary clinics, the microchip stores a unique identification number that links the pet to its owner’s contact information —increasing the likelihood of reuniting lost pets with their owners.  

Open for both cat and dog appointments, GHS is committed to safeguarding local pets and supporting pet owners in our community through the delivery of affordable microchip clinics that offer access to permanent identification.   

Register for GHS’s Microchip Clinic at or email to reserve your spot.   

The cost of the microchip appointment is $40 per pet, proceeds from this event will help the GHS provide care and medical treatment to animals in need in our community.