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Cost of pets’ microchip
GET CHIPPEDThese veterinary clinics will implant a chip in your pet for $5 through Aug. 31:
» Aina Haina Pet Hospital, 373-2111
All animals entering Hawaii through the quarantine process and many responsible breeders use the chips to identify their animals. More than 5,000 animals were returned to their owners on Oahu last year by the humane society, many thanks to microchip ID.
The chip itself is tiny, but powerful and permanent, only about the size of a grain of rice. In a process similar to a vaccination, the microchip is injected under the skin between the animal's shoulder blades. Each chip's individual code can be read with a scanning device carried by all humane society investigators, at its adoptions and incoming-animals desks, and at most veterinary clinics. When the animal is scanned, the unique code is tied to the owner in the humane society's database, a list of more than 100,000 animals.
"Keeping the owner's contact information up to date is an important part to the happy reunions," said Pamela Burns, humane society president. "We encourage everyone who has a pet with a microchip to keep their address and phone numbers current."
Pet owners should update their information whenever they move or change phone numbers, using a form available at the veterinary clinics listed below, at the humane society and online at www.hawaiianhumane.org (to "News and Events," then the calendar of events, and click on the microchip item).
Natasha Adaniya did not update her pet's microchip information after she moved, but thanks to a little luck, her dog Mooshu was returned to her five years later. The cute Pomeranian mix was brought to the humane society last Thanksgiving as a stray. A scan of Mooshu revealed his microchip ID number, which showed he had been adopted from the society. The phone number listed with the chip belonged to an old acquaintance of Adaniya's who still lived at that address.
Along with her family, Adaniya arrived at the shelter on Nov. 28 to reclaim the long-lost dog. Her oldest son, Christian, vaguely remembered Mooshu after five years.
"My birthday was just two days ago -- this is the best present!" said Adaniya. "Our family has been talking about getting a dog recently, and now we have our little Mooshu back again. It's a miracle."
It's easy to overlook the updating of microchip information in the upheaval of moving, but a correct address and phone number makes the reunion possible should your pet become lost. Registration of your pet's microchip in the Oahu database is a free service of the Hawaiian Humane Society.
"It is heartbreaking for our staff to find an animal who we know is someone's treasured pet, but we can't reunite them due to incorrect information," said Burns. "We encourage everyone with an unidentified dog or cat to get the $5 microchip ID during August, plus update the information for those who are already chipped."
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