FAIRFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL
MICROCHIP IMPLANT INFORMATION
To help control the pet population, cut down on disease, and reduce the number of lost pets that are euthanized, because they cannot be properly identified, FAIRFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL, recommends that pet owners follow a three step program of responsible pet care – spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip. This is especially true in light of Disaster Planning when many pet owners may find themselves in need of shelter with their pets before, during, or after a disaster.
The cost of the microchip implant plus enrollment will be $10 per adopted cat or dog from animal control, with that the adopter would be eligible for accident/illness insurance coverage for their adopted animal. We will also microchip owned cats and/or dogs by appointment only, for $25 per animal. You must provide a valid rabies certificate for your cat and/or dog. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers (cats and dogs only) when you come into the shelter.
The Fairfield Animal Control can implant pets with the HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service, an advanced pet identification and retrieval system.
How it Works
A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted under the skin between the shoulders of the pet. The pet is enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service. HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or the clinic of a participating veterinarian. The animal’s identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately.
Currently, more than two and a quarter million pets microchipped with HomeAgain are enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service. Today, pet recoveries as a result of the HomeAgain microchip have grown to an average of 7,000 per month in the U.S. and a successful recovery is now occurring approximately every six (6) minutes.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and you cannot see the microchip after it is implanted in the dog or cat. The procedure is simple and similar to administering a vaccine. The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. Extensive testing and long-term studies have shown the HomeAgain microchip is safe for pets.
Veterinary clinics and animal shelters in the FAIRFIELD area urge that with microchip identification, a pet that is lost can be shown the way home. The case for having pets implanted with a microchip is a strong one, as the statistics show that microchipping is the best, most reliable method of permanently identifying pets.
The facts do not lie:
Vinnie Pennatto, Fairfield Animal Control Officer
Fairfield Animal Control