Prescott, Ariz. (June 21, 2017)—Each year Yavapai Humane Society experiences an influx of lost animals in the days following the 4th of July. The animal shelter urges pet owners to practice firework safety and get a microchip for their pet, which it is offering at a discount for $10 on Friday, June 23. This low price microchip will also be available Friday, June 30, and the first 20 customers will receive a free microchip for their pet.
Pets can show unpredictable behavior when frightened by fireworks. The natural instinct for a scared animal is to run. This results in many pets becoming lost over Independence Day festivities. Should the worst happen and a pet escapes, having proper identification makes it much easier to reunite the lost animal with its owner. Yavapai Humane Society encourages the use of microchips.
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification implant about the size of a grain of rice that provides permanent ID for a pet. When a handheld microchip scanner is passed over the pet, it transmits the microchip’s ID number by which a shelter, veterinarian, or animal control officer can locate the owner’s contact information. It is vital for pet owner’s to keep their contact information up to date with the microchip company.
While all pets should wear collar tags, only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a study showing that the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs is increased by 238 percent over dogs that are not microchipped. For cats, the chances are even better. They have a 2,000 percent increased-chance of being returned to their owners over cats that are not microchipped.
Yavapai Humane Society is offering $10 microchips on both June 23 and June 30 from 8:00-11:00 am and 1:00-4:00 pm at its Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic (2989 Centerpointe East Drive, Prescott, Ariz. 86301). No appointment is required and no visit fee is charged. Owners must, however, individually register their pet’s microchip with the microchip company and this fee is not included in the $10 special. For more information call 928-771-0547.