It is scary to think that our furry companions can suddenly vanish. A few weeks ago, I saw missing dog signs posted along the Goffstown rail trail. It reminded me that all too frequently our pets disappear.
While we cannot always prevent our pets from escaping or disappearing, we can microchip them to help get them home to us safely. Microchipping involves injecting a small, electronic chip under the skin through a large needle. When a scanner is passed over the area, it sends radio-waves that activate the chip and sends a number to the scanner. This number is specific to each pet, and serves as a pet I.D. At veterinary clinics and shelters, when stray animals enter the building, they are scanned for a microchip. When a microchip is found, the shelter or clinic calls a microchip registry to obtain the owner’s contact information.
Microchips have helped reunite many lost pets with their families. This year in June alone it helped two dogs, Kona and Ella, returned to their families:
On June 6, Kona, returned to her family after being missing for seven years. An eight-year old dog, she was picked up by animal control and scanned for a microchip. Because Kona was microchipped, animal control could contact her family. She had been stolen from her back yard when she was a year old. The Pratts, who had moved since they had lost Kona, eagerly drove to the shelter to pick up their long-lost dog.
On June 12, Ella came home. She was missing for three years. Her family never lost hope that she would return. “I would leave food out there through the winter… I was afraid. I didn’t want her to be out in the cold,” explained Theresa Hobson. Fate turned for the Hobson’s when Ella was seen near a car dealership. The workers were concerned because she was limping, but she was too skittish for them to approach. They called the Humane society who helped capture Ella. Using Ella’s microchip information, the Humane Society was able to contact her family.
We hope that you are never seperated from your pets, but recommend that your pets be microchipped just in case. Should your pets ever be lost, please contact your microchip provider. Keep your contact information up-to-date with your provider as some pets are found years after they went missing.