Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue hosted it’s first animal microchipping event on Sunday, to prevent lost or stolen animals.
Each year, thousands of animals go missing, filling up shelters and pounds. But with a microchip, pet owners don’t have to worry as much. If an animal has escaped, microchips allow vets to scan them in, which shows the owners information so they can be returned to their homes.
“They like to run. If I let them out and don’t have them on the leash, I had to chase them up and down the block a couple times,” said Gus Knudson, Bismarck resident.
Knudson says it’s better to be safe than sorry. He has several animals, and a few of them are rescues.
“We have two dogs a cat, and two birds. They add tremendously to our life,” Knudson said.
The process is easy and it takes up to five minutes. Once the chip is inserted it works immediately. So the next time your furry friend goes missing, most likely, you will get your pet back.
It’s a concern volunteers at Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue have.
“There has been so many dogs lost and cats lost and even stolen lately. Collars can come off and this way you can’t remove the chip, so if they are stolen or get lost they can usually get there animals back,” said Vicki Zacher, Volunteer at Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue.
Furry Friends say all animals can get chipped and it’s guaranteed to last a lifetime.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year.
As for Knudson, nothing beats having animals to come home to.