Pet microchipping is a method of ID that will increase the likelihood of finding your pets should they go missing. This is an important service for pet owners to consider for their pets.
Story and Photography by Paula Antolini
September 30, 2014 4:19PM EDT
The “DAWS 25th Annual Dog Walk for Animals” took place on September 28, 2014, under sunny skies and hotter temperatures than normal, but there was a good turnout nonetheless for the non-competitive leisurely walk for dogs and cats and their owners to help raise funds and awareness for the Danbury Animal Welfare Society. Owners arrived with their pets, large and small, eager to support the cause. Vendors were there showing pet products and giving information of interest to pet owners.
At the DAWS event this year, Pet Microchipping is a special service that was offered by the Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART). This is an important service for pet owners to consider for their pets. Pet microchipping is a method of ID that will increase the likelihood of finding your pets should they go missing.
CTSART of Region 5 was on hand offering the pet microchipping, done by Ridgefield veterinarian Dr. Donna Cobelli, who is also the CTSART Region 5 Team leader. Many residents took advantage of this service and had their pets microchipped at the event. The pet microchipping was done inside the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center at a cost of only $20.00.
A microchip is about the size of a large grain of rice and is planted under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. Each chip is pre-numbered and owners receive an ID tag to match that number, which is entered into a database along with the owner’s contact information. After insertion, the microchip is then checked with an instrument that reads the number electronically, to insure it is working properly.
When lost or stolen pets arrive at an animal control facility, veterinary office or animal shelter, they are scanned for a microchip. If a microchip is found, the recovery service is contacted. When your pet is identified, you will be connected with the rescuer to be reunited.
It is important for pet owners to consider a microchip because it is advantageous for your pet to have a safety net that goes beyond collars and tags. It can greatly improve your lost pet’s chances of returning home.
The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) program is a collaboration among government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and volunteers for preparing and responding to animal needs in disasters. It is a public-private partnership, organized to prepare our state for any disaster that involves domestic animals in Connecticut. CTSART is the signature program of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation.
For more information about CTSART click here.