Why should I microchip my pet?
Micro chipping is a wonderful thing you can do for your pet.
Pets that have microchips have a far greater chance of being reunited with their family when they get lost, or even stolen. According to the American Humane Association, only 22% of lost dogs overall were returned to their families, while the return-to-owner rate for micro chipped dogs was over 52%.
Microchips are approximately the size of a grain of rice and are inserted beneath an animal’s skin, between its shoulder blades. The process is painless and takes about 2 minutes. Each microchip has a unique identification number and contains contact information for the pet’s owner. A scanner is used to collect the information on the microchip once it has been inserted. Each microchip (only one per animal is necessary) costs $30, and provides a permanent means of identification for each pet.
Where can I go to have the procedure done?
The HBSPCA hosts microchip clinics. Chips are $20 per animal and no appointment is necessary.
2017 Microchip Dates:
- Sunday Jan 22 – 12:00pm-2:00pm – HBSPCA shelter – 245 Dartnall Rd
(Dr. Amanda Frank) Completed – 66 microchips implanted!
- Sunday Feb 26 – 12:00pm-2:00pm – HBSPCA shelter – 245 Dartnall Rd
(Dr. Jennifer Farr) Completed – 25 microchips implanted!
- Saturday Mar 4 – 10:00am-1:00pm – HBSPCA shelter – 245 Dartnall Rd.
NOTE: This will also be a Rabies Clinic. All dogs need to be on leash and all cats in carriers. The cost for Rabies vaccine AND a microchip is $25, if your pet only needs a microchip, the cost is $20. A Rabies vaccine will NOT entail a full physical examination for your pet.
- Sunday Mar 12 – 12:00pm-2:00pm – HBSPCA shelter – 245 Dartnall Rd
(Dr. Maggie Rockx)
Can’t find a Microchip Clinic to fit your needs? No problem!
You can now book microchip appointments at the HBSPCA Companion Animal Hospital. Chips are $30 per animal and appointments must be booked in advance for one of the following time slots:
- Monday – 9:00am and 2:00pm
- Wednesday – 9:00am and 2:00pm