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SPCA Campers Want You to Microchip Your Pet

A public service announcement from the campers at the East Bay SPCA animal camp.

Campers at the East Bay SPCA offer words of advice on pet care. Their public service announcement teaches pet owners about how to keep from losing their animal.

They recommend pets be microchipped and always wear a collar.

Is your pet microchipped? Tell us in the comments section of the article.

srjanssen August 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
My cats are microchipped
Gayle August 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The local animal shelters are also in need of support, like Oakland Animal Services (http://oaklandanimalservices.org/) and Hayward Animal Shelter (http://www.haywardanimals.org/). Unlike the SPCAs, local shelters and services are required to take every animal that arrives on their doorstep including the 'unadoptable' dogs, birds, rabbits, etc. These shelters are easily overcrowded and often receive criticism for euthanasia but they are the last stop for animals rejected by other shelters. Currently, the Hayward Animal Shelter needs: blankets and towels, pet carriers, scoopable litter, anti-cling sheets for the dryer, TV and DVD player to provide educational programs to the community and volunteers, and for the spring/summer influx of rabbits, puppies and kittens, they need carrots with leafy tops, parsley, cilantro, & alfalfa sprouts, Royal Canin brand “BabyCat34” dry food unopened, KMR & Esbilac brand kitten & puppy formula (unopened), canned dog food (any brand) and canned kitten food (any brand). Shelters operate on very limited budgets and donations are key to their continued operation.
Leah Hall August 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks for the information, Gayle. On a related note, the East Bay SPCA partners with the category of animal shelters you are referring to. In normal times, the SPCA gets all of its animals from these shelters. With recent budget cuts and lack of space of the county shelters, the SPCA will take some animals simply found without homes or brought in by the public, with the goal of reducing the likelyhood that a lost pet will be euthanized before its owners find it. ...Which brings home the point of the important advice of getting your pet microchipped. Time is of the essence if an animal gets picked up by county shelters. There are several of these facilities and it can be difficult to figure out where a family pet is being held while the clock is ticking.
Tina August 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
If a chipped animal is brought in, will it be scanned and the owner contacted? Or does the animals life depend on the owner locating the correct facility on time to save its live.
Leah Hall August 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
One of the first things all categories of animal shelters do is scan it for a microchip in order to make a successful contact with its owner. Chips need to be registered and the correct address kept up to date by the pet owner. The Humane Society estimates that each year over 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S., and that tragically a portion of this large number of lives cut short are certainly lost pets. Thirty percent of dogs and 2-5 percent of cats entering shelters are estimated to be reclaimed by their owners.

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