Microchip Clinic at SPCA Helps Owners Keep Track of Pets

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

September 29, 2013

There were plenty of tails wagging down at the local SPCA Sunday morning.

Pets big and small filed into the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA to get a rabies vaccine as well as a microchip that helps owners keep track of their pets in the event that they run away or get lost.

“The animal has a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice or so, below their skin,” says SPCA veterinarian Kristen Scheller. “So when animals come here, animal control or someone from the public brings them into our shelter one of the first thing we do is scan them for a microchip.”

“If it comes up positive we can look up their information and give their owner a call,” says Scheller. “So it's kind of like extra insurance to a collar.”

Throughout the event, 200 pets got the rabies vaccine and nearly 80 received microchips.

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