By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Three years ago in San Bernardino, Bella, a poodle under one year, was in her fenced front yard one minute and gone the next. After an unsuccessful search of their neighborhood and shelter, Jonathan and his wife were convinced someone took their baby. As days turned to weeks and then months, all hope of ever seeing their precious girl again was gone. Fortunately, Bella had something that would prove to be her saving grace…a microchip.
VVAPL Humane Society is a strong proponent of microchipping, which is an easy and inexpensive form of pet identification. A study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association noted lost and stolen microchipped pets when found were returned to their owners more often than those without a microchip – 22 percent of non-microchipped dogs returned versus 52 percent with microchips and less than 2 percent of non-microchipped cats returned versus 38 percent with microchips.
It’s estimated only 5 to 8 percent of pets have microchips, so VVAPL is encouraging pet parents to act during March Microchip Madness. During the entire month, the humane society is microchipping pets for only $10, which includes implanting the chip and registration. Microchipping is done during regular business hours Tuesday – Saturday. No appointment necessary. There’s no charge to scan a pet to check for a microchip.
A word of caution. Microchips are only effective if the pet’s microchip is registered and the information is up-to-date. A pet can’t be returned if the pet’s owner’s information is wrong. It’s also recommended to scan your pet once a year to make sure the microchip is working properly.
Three years after going missing, Bella ended up at VVAPL. Thanks to her microchip, with up-to-date information, Jonathan and his wife were ecstatic to hear…BELLA’S BEEN FOUND! Jonathan’s wife and Bella are now inseparable. It’s a fairy tail ending thanks to a tiny microchip.
VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.