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truman's tips – sept. 14

Most of you have a friend or a friend of a friend who has been separated from their humans. And we’ve all seen and posters about pets who have been lost or, luckily, found. Some are reunited with their families, some are rescued and adopted, and thousands of others are not so fortunate – sadly, not all stories have happy endings.

What would happen to you if you were separated from your family? I personally have several friends who have been returned to their families because of amazing technology that is the size of a grain of rice ― a microchip.

These uniquely numbered data tags can be implanted in reptiles, birds, cats and dogs. Your veterinarian and even some rescue groups can easily and inexpensively (costs range from $25-$55 nowadays) implant a microchip. It’s pretty painless and only takes a few seconds. My friends’ humans and I agree that the benefits far outweigh the cost or discomfort. Another plus is that microchip will last your lifetime.

Thanks to these amazing tiny implants, and with the pet owner’s info entered into a database (a final important step is to be sure your chip is registered), thousands of pets are reunited with their worried owners every day. Almost all veterinarians and shelters (over 50,000 nationally) are equipped to scan for your chip info should you become separated from your humans.

So if you are not microchipped, let your human know how important this can be in helping you find your way home if you ever get separated or get lost while chasing deer!

You may also visit us on Saturday, Oct. 6 when the Central Missouri Humane Society visits for an adoption, microchipping and nail trimming event at the shop. or stop by on Saturday, Oct. 27, when project Precious Paws will be at the shop for an adoption, nail trim and microchipping event.

To learn more on how a microchip works, visit this interesting link. Companies such as AVID and HomeAgain also have information on their websites.

Contact your veterinarian, local humane society or rescue organization to schedule an appointment to be microchipped.

You might also explore another way that your owner can keep tabs on you if you tend to have a case of wanderlust – a GPS collar. These work like the devise in your car, using satellites and cell technology, to send messages to computers or cell phones to alert your human when your have left a virtual safe zone, as well as where exactly you have strayed.

In a future column, I’ll offer some tips on what your humans should do if you get lost.

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