Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation is offering low cost micro chips to pet owners on Aug. 7 in Lacombe.
Anyone interested is asked to book an appointment in advance. Those with advanced bookings are guaranteed a spot at the foundation’s clinic at Lacombe Pet Valu and will also pay $20 instead of $25.
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 microchip 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.
The agency 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.
Paws and Claws, based in Red Deer, is a registered charity for rescuing dogs and cats.