Charles is a beloved, family cat from Albuquerque, New Mexico who ended up in a shelter in Chicago. How he managed to travel 1,300 miles from home remains a
mystery. Yet how he was identified
is simple - by scanning and locating his microchip. The story about Charles is
quite impossible to believe, yet not uncommon.
Nationally only 30% of dogs and 3% of cats are reclaimed
from shelters each year due to lack of identification. Lost animals who come
into PAWS fare a bit better – 4.5% of cats and 49% of dogs are reunited with
their families, leaving a large number of lost animals that aren’t so
lucky. This is the reason why PAWS
believes microchipping is so important.
In case you’re not familiar with microchipping, it’s an
identification device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under
the skin between the shoulder blades.
Each chip has an identification code unique to that animal. Shelters and vet clinics use a special
scanner to pick up the microchip code and positively identify stray pets. It is the only sure method of pet
identification on the market today and it’s quick, painless (similar to getting
a vaccination), and permanent. Oh,
and once “Fido” is chipped, be sure to keep your personal account information
up to date with the microchip company. A microchip is only as good as the information provided through the company registry.
No one will ever know how Charles, the cat, made it all the
way to Chicago but thanks to his microchip, he has been reunited with his
family. Please take the time to
microchip your animals. It could
save their lives someday.