"Good News" Magazine May PP issue to publish online - Page 11

FAQs about Microchipping your Pet • • What exactly are microchips? Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that are implanted in your pet's skin by vets and shelters; some shelters implant one in all pets they place. • Why should I microchip my pet? Microchips are a good back-up option for pet identifica- tion. They provide an extra level of protection in case your pet gets lost and slips his collar and tags. • How do microchips work? Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number. • Can a microchip get lost inside my pet? Your pet's subcutaneous tissue usually bonds to the chip within 24 hours, preventing it from moving. There's a small chance that the chip could migrate to another part of the body, but it can't actually get lost. • How long do microchips last? Microchips are designed to work for 25 years. • Can a microchip replace a pet's collar and tags? No. Despite advances in universal scanners and registry procedures, microchips aren't foolproof, and you shouldn't rely on them exclusively to protect your pet. Reading a mi- crochip takes a special scanner, one that an animal control officer or shelter will have, but your neighbor down the street will not. And if Fido wanders off, it's likely to be a private citizen who encounters him first. That's why, in the event of accidental separation, identification tags are your pet's first ticket home. • How do I register my pet after microchipping? Complete the paperwork that comes with the chip and send it to the registry, or do it online if that option is available. Some companies charge a one-time registration fee while others charge an annual fee. You’ll also receive a tag for your pet’s collar with the chip number and registry phone number. • What if I move? You need to contact the company that registers the chip to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be use- less. You may be charged a small fee to process the update. source: humanesociety.org Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue You are invited to our Saturday, May 20th, from 11am to 3pm! Meet the horses and the AHHR family! Free Hot Dogs and Treats • Drinks Horse Rides (weather permitting) Handicapped Accessible. Fun Fun Fun! Horses are available for adoption! The AHHR barn is full of four-legged friends. We have several beautiful and healthy horses ready to find a forever family to continue loving and taking care of them. Please consider making a home for one of these animals in need of TLC! Can’t adopt? Ask us about our Sponsorship Program. AHHR • 1201 Yerger Road, Linden 570-322-3260 / www.horsehelp911.com We do community outreach. Large animals require much care. Donations are appreciated, and are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue. At the top of our Wish List: Galvanized Fence and Pasture Fencing, to accom- modate the animals that arrive at our rescue! Pawsitively Pets -- May 9