Microchip implant a safety net for pets and their owners
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009 8:20 am
While it is a not a new option for pets and their owners, the implantation of a microchip is available at a low cost for people in Weakley County.
According to the Native Way SPCA of Dresden, the microchip typically costs a pet owner $32. That price does not include registration and annual fees, which could drive the cost up to $100 per pet.
The pet microchip provides valuable information in the case that a pet is lost or stolen.
Josh Pool, NWSPCA director of animal health and welfare said the microchip is a valuable tool for not only pet owners, but animal control officers as well.
“This is a program offered at $10, a low cost to the community to ID and protect their pets and will remain at that rate from NWSPCA for the community’s owners of pets,” Pool commented.
As an opening promotion, the microchip implant will be offered for $10, with no annual fees, no registration fees or update fees for the duration of the microchip.
The NWSPCA will offer microchip implants from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday at Q-Mart on Main Street in Dresden.
After Saturday, the price of the implant will increase to $15, and the annual fees and registration fees will continue to be waived with the program.
The NWSPCA plans to offer microchip implants throughout the month of October. During the Greenfield Fall Fire Prevention Festival, the non-profit organization will set up at T & J’s Pizza at 2161 N. Meridian St. in Greenfield Saturday, Oct. 10.
The following Saturday, the group will provide microchip implants at Rural King in Martin.
Pool said locations have not yet been finalized for Oct. 24 in Gleason and Oct. 31 in Sharon.
Local animal control agencies will be offered a chip scanner to ID animals that are found at large or stolen so that they can returned to their owners.