GUELPH, ON, September 25, 2023. Microchipping continues to be the most effective way to reunite families with their lost pet. This is why the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is hosting a fall Microchip Clinic on Saturday, September 30— to help ensure lost Guelph and Wellington County pets are returned home as quickly as possible.

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During the months of July and August GHS had 180 stray animals enter its care. Only 11% of those pets were microchipped.

“Evidence shows the chance of a cat or dog being reunited with their owner is 2.5x more likely (72% versus 28%) when compared to those that do not have one,” says Katherine Lenoard, GHS’s Manager, Programs and Community Outreach

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.

“We are 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,” says Leonard.

The GHS Microchip Clinic takes place at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd, on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., both cat and dog appointments are available.

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.

Register for GHS’s Microchip Clinic online, email:, or call 519-824-3091 to reserve your spot.


About the Guelph Humane Society:
The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable #119236305RR0001, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more. 

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Media Contact:
Jane Dawkins
Director, Communications and Community Engagement
Guelph Humane Society