No one expects for it to happen, but each year hundreds of family pets are lost or stolen. Sometimes these pets stray from or are picked up from houses or yards. Other times an unexpected occurrence such as a power blackout, flood, or tornado can cause a pet to be separated from their family.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only 17 percent of stray dogs and 2 percent of stray cats are reunited with their owners. In most cases, the animals found wearing proper identification are the ones likely to make it home.
The ASPCA reports that:
- Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
- Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
- About 710,000 animals that enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 620,000 are dogs and only 90,000 are cats.
Microchipping is a permanent and painless way of identifying your dog. This is the preferred method of identification for many veterinarians and animal shelters which has been around since 1989; since then over 1.5 million animals have been microchipped. The process only takes 5 minutes and includes a tiny chip with a numeric code which is injected into the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip is then registered and can be read by any universal chip scanner nationwide. Most veterinarians, police offices, boarding facilities, and animal shelters have a chip scanner. Petfinder.com reports that the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent.
This service is offered at Misty Pines for a cost of $35.00 per dog. Please call for an appointment to have your dog chipped. It could one day save his life!