It happens to the best of us.
You open the door to take out the trash, and your dog or cat makes a break for it. So you drop the garbage bag and hightail it after Fido or Fluffy.
If you’re lucky, he or she responds to your immediate command to stop. But if more effort is required, and your animal tracking skills are a bit rusty, there could be trouble.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts to keep them safe in our homes, our pets go missing. That’s where microchips come to the rescue.
A Life to Live’s Chip to Save program provides residents in our community with free and low-cost microchipping at events throughout the year. One such opportunity came on June 11 at PetSmart in Baytown.
Pet owners and their dogs of all shapes and sizes were lined up prior to the 10 a.m. start. The first 10 received their microchips absolutely free. Ten others got theirs for the low cost of $15.
Our veterinary team partners from Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital were on hand to administer the chips, while keeping the animals calm during the brief process. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
We registered each chip to ensure that if the pet ever gets lost, accurate contact information will be available to reunite the pet with its owner.
So far this year, A Life to Live has microchipped more than 200 pets. That’s up from about 150 in 2016. We have provided half of all those microchips free.
“I wanted to get my dogs microchipped so that in case they ever do get out, there’s a good Samaritan out there who will scan them and bring me back my babies,” said Kristie Vaughan, who had her dachshunds, Kona and Lodi, microchipped.
Kristie is quite familiar with A Life to Live, as she has a cat that was adopted from our organization. “My mom adopted it last July and gave it to me for my birthday,” she said.
We obtain our chips and register them through the Found Animals universal database. Found Animals, which is one of our non-profit partners, has a mission to “put pets in homes and keep them there — because all pets are meant to be with good people.”
A microchip is a permanent ID for your pet. It can’t fall off, weather or be removed.
Each chip contains a unique number used to identify animals when scanned by a shelter or vet. The number is then used to find the owner’s contact information in the registry.
There are no fees associated with the chip registration, profile updates or ongoing use of the database system.
In addition to the microchipping event, A Life to Live had a host of adoptable pets on hand at PetSmart. By day’s end, two dogs (Freckles, Cali), two puppies (Zuma, Peanut) and one kitten (Hope) were going home with new owners.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog or cat, check out our adoptables page.
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator with A Life to Live.