Microchipping is now universally recognised as the most effective way to have your adored pet made permanently identifiable. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin of an animal. The chip stores a number which is unique to your pet and which can be read by an electronic scanner. Your contact details are connected to the chip number which is stored on a database.
ISPCA Chief Executive Dr Andrew Kelly said: “Be a responsible pet owner - get your pet microchipped. Being microchipped significantly increases the likelihood of being reunited with your beloved pet if it gets lost or stolen. The ISPCA supports the government’s plans to introduce compulsory microchipping for dogs in 2016, but don't wait till then - do it now and take advantage of free microchipping or reduced rates that will be offered around the country by vets and animal welfare organisations during National Microchipping Month in September”.
Microchipping your pet gives you great peace of mind in the event that your pet goes missing. Stray pets that are picked up by the local dog warden, taken into a vet, or rescued by the ISPCA, will automatically be scanned for a microchip. Along with an ID tag on the collar, a microchip greatly increases your chances of being reunited with your pet so why take the risk! Those with chipped pets are also urged to take the time to check their contact details, such as their mobile numbers and change of address are correct on the microchipping database.
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “The benefits of microchipping are very clear. We have witnessed first-hand how a microchip can allow a pet to be reunited with its loving owner when this would otherwise not have been the case. Only one in three dogs in Ireland is currently microchipped. It is also vital that you keep your details updated to ensure that you can be contacted.”
The ISPCA is offering free microchipping at the ISPCA National Animal Centre, Longford on Tuesday 9th September 2014. The free microchips are limited in numbers and will be implanted on a first come first served basis so it is important you book your place in advance by calling the ISPCA reception desk on 043 33 25035 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Visit http://www.ncm.ie/participants/ for a list of participating vets in your area.
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