What would you do if your pet was lost? Would the person who found your cat or dog know who you are and how to contact you? That’s a very stressful situation for you and your pet. A collar with a license and identification attached is extremely helpful; but what if the collar slipped off or you just gave your pet a bath and hadn’t put the collar back on yet? The only permanent form of identification that your pet can carry with it is a microchip.
A microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, which is encoded with a unique identification number. The device is implanted with a syringe just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is quick and done with little or no pain. If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinarian or animal shelter, the microchip can be quickly detected with a scanner. The identification number will show up on the scanner, which then will be either entered into a shelter’s database or phoned in to the microchip company. This will immediately show the owner’s contact information and alternate contact number.
One very important step in ensuring the microchip will serve its purpose is to make sure all of your contact information is kept current with the microchip company. If you move or change your phone number, you must call the chip company to let them know. If your dog is brought to a shelter and the number on the microchip is old or disconnected, it can be impossible for staff to track you down.
Valley Oak SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill rescue that operates solely on donations and contributions from our local community. To make an online donation or submit a volunteer application, please visit our website: www.vospca.org.
To visit us in person, come to our Adoption Center at 29010 Hwy 99, located in the three modular trailers on the frontage road of northbound Highway 99 in Visalia. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stop by our Howl-O-Ween event on October 30 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at Plaza Park to get your pet/s microchipped at a reduced cost. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.vospca.org.
Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Pet of the Month
Dawn – This beautiful female Shepherd and Husky mix is one year old. If you’re looking for a loyal friend to join you on your walks or runs, Dawn is an excellent choice. Dawn loves people and is good with other dogs her same size. As you can see by her photo, she is an excellent listener (hint: Dawn is very praise-motivated). Her ideal home will be one with an active family and a fenced-in yard.