Humane Society offers reduced price microchips
According to America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more pets go missing on July 4 than any other day of the year, and the next day marks the busiest day for animal shelters in the United States. The reason? Fireworks. In anticipation of an increase in lost pets being brought to the shelter after a noisy night, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will offer $15 microchips to the community to help reunite lost pets with their owners.
“Animals in general are more sensitive to noise, particularly the loud, often earth-shaking noise of fireworks,” says Melinda Markley, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin Animal Care Manager. “Even the calmest pet will run if scared enough.”
Markley recommends getting pets microchipped in the event they run away to hide. Microchipping consists of using a needle to place a computer chip the size of a grain of rice under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner, and traced back to the pet’s owner for quick reunification.
The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will microchip pets for just $15 each from June 30-July 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (608) 752-5622.