Pets are family members, but sometimes these family members get away and cannot find their way home. Microchipping is safe and easy, and can reunite an owner with a lost pet, and that is good for both owner and pet.
The Douglas County Animal Shelter, as well as any veterinarian, can implant a microchip in almost any pet. It is basically painless and the procedure is similar to a routine vaccination; no anesthetic is required. Microchips do not wear down, fall off, or scratch off, and are designed to last the life of a pet. It is an integrated circuit and does not contain a battery. The chip is about the size of a large grain of rice and in dogs and cats is usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. Horses, birds, ferrets, hamsters, and other pets can be microchipped.
Douglas County residents may have their pets microchipped at the Douglas County Animal Shelter located at 1755 County Services Road. The cost is $10 and the pet owners will need to register their pet with a service company that may charge an annual fee for monitoring. All animals adopted from the Shelter already have microchips.
The microchip can be read by scanners that read the chip’s unique identification code. The code is used to retrieve the contact information that the pet owner has provided to the database. The Douglas County Animal Shelter has microchip scanners that they use to scan all stray/found animals that are brought to the Shelter, and if the animal has a microchip, the owner is contacted.
Pet Things, located at 6880 Douglas Boulevard, also has a microchip scanner and will scan stray/found dogs at the store free of charge. Pet Things is offering this free service since it is open longer hours than the Shelter.