Bay Area Humane Society: Celebrates three year microchip anniversary
Lisa Kay Peters
Bay Area Humane Society
Green Bay, Wisconsin – In an effort to reunite as many lost pets as possible with their owners, the Bay Area Humane Society (BAHS) has been including a microchip identification in every dog and cat adopted for the last three years.
Tiny microchips, with unique identification numbers linking pets to their owners, are implanted just under the skin of each animal in a fast, virtually painless procedure. In the event that a pet does get lost, most animal shelters, veterinarians, and animal control organizations scan incoming pets, making it possible to quickly reunite those pets with their owners.
Only about 14% of dogs and 4% of cats nation-wide are currently returned to their rightful owners. The practice of microchipping is slowly improving those statistics.
BAHS would like to remind the public of the importance of also protecting pets with a collar and ID tag, even if they are mircrochipped, as lost pets are also often found by other members of the public without microchip scanners.
To further educate the public on microchipping, BAHS will include a lesson on microchipping in their summer children’s “Critter Camp”. Critter campers will try their hand at inserting the tiny chips into plush toy dogs and cats as a part of the wide array of educational opportunities provided during the camp.
*BAHS Kids Critter Camp weeks 2 & 3 run from July 27 – 31 and August 3-7 from 9am –3pm daily.
Contact Kelly Sears at (920) 469-3110 ext. 109 for more details on schedule of activities and an interview opportunity.
The Bay Area Humane Society's mission is to provide the best possible care and future for companion animals in our community. Over 6,000 companion animals are cared for each year at the shelter, funded by the generous donations of the community. The Bay Area Humane Society is not funded by federal or state government.