If you have ever seen a flyer stapled to a post or on a bulletin board at the grocery store with a picture of a beloved, missing pet, it is easy to recall pain associated with such a loss.  You wait for the phone to ring, hoping some kind person has information on your pet’s whereabouts.  Years ago, name tags and collars were the only means of identifying your pet.  But, tags can fade, rust, or become impossible to read.  However, today, a higher-tech solution is available—microchipping.

 

If your pet accidentally escapes the confines of your home, or you are not yet convinced that keeping them indoors is the right choice, microchipping your pet is essential.  Microchipping is an injection of a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) just under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades.  Pet owners then enter the number on the microchip into an international database.  Any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can wave a microchip reader over your pet to determine whether it has been chipped.  The database then matches the number with your name and number so you can be contacted.  It is important for you to contact the database manager if you should move or change your name and address.  The chip cannot be lost or damaged and lasts for the lifetime of your pet.

 

Cat Depot microchips every cat adopted from our shelter.  If you are interested in finding out more about this procedure, contact Cat Depot, your veterinarian or local animal shelter.  For an extremely nominal fee, you can assure your cat a ‘forever’ home.
 

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