Beep. That simple sound is music to the ears of the staff and volunteers at Pocatello Animal Services. Because when they hear their scanner chirp, they know that a microchip has been located and the pet they’ve just seen is a step closer to going home.
But, the sound comes with a catch. It’s only helpful if the information contained on the microchip is current.
“In our mobile society, addresses and phone numbers change often. If your registration information is not up-to-date, the microchip doesn’t help,” said City of Pocatello Animal Services Director, Mary Remer.
Pocatello Animal Services will be hosting a “Check the Chip” day on Saturday, August 15, 2015 to help pet owners make sure they will be able to be reunited with their furry friend. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., owners can bring their pets to the Pocatello Animal Shelter at 3100 Avenue of the Chiefs to have their microchips scanned. Staff members can check to make sure they are still reading correctly and also help owners learn how to update their registrations.
“We strongly believe in the use of microchips as the best identification for your pet in addition to the city pet license.” Remer said. “Our staff scans all animals brought to the shelter two to three times hoping to find a chip.”
Animals Services will also be selling and implanting AKC Reunite Microchips. The AKC chip costs $21.20 and includes a lifetime registration for the pet and an identification tag.
For each pet that is brought in and checked or microchipped, the owner will receive a free gift and be entered into a drawing for other prizes. Refreshments will also be served for humans and pets.
“Check the Chip” Day was started by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.