Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation is offering low cost micro chips to pet owners at a cost of $25 at their clinic on Aug. 7, at Lacombe Pet Valu.
Anyone interested is asked to book an appointment in advance. By booking in advance, you will guarantee your spot, and instead of $25, you will only pay $20 per chip.
Paws and Claws says a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted between the skin on the shoulder blades. It is inserted with a needle so there is zero healing time.
“They say a microchips can be essential in getting a dog reunited with its owner. It is one of the only ways to prove ownership of a pet. And although you cannot track it like GPS it is a solid way to ensure your pet gets back to you,” said Paws and Claws staff in an email.
“How a microchip works is any vet clinic, animal control or adoption agencies should be able to scan a dog for a microchip. If one is found we then can call the company it is with and look up the identification number, each and every dogs is different.
“You can tell what company it is with based on the first three digits in the ID. They will then contact the owner to let them know where and how they can get there pet back.”
Their website says, “During the past 15 years, Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation has made a considerable difference in the quality of life for many animals on the reserve and throughout central Alberta.
“We have placed thousands of abandoned or surrendered puppies, dogs, cats and kittens into loving homes. We have provided tons of food and veterinary care for many companion animals.
“We have funded emergency medical care and, in a few instances, euthanasia for those beyond help. We also treat minor wounds and provide first aid where possible.”
Paws and Claws, based in Red Deer, is a registered charity for rescuing dogs and cats.