Microchip clinic being held Monday

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond SPCA is holding a microchip clinic Monday from 4 - 7 p.m. at it's location at 2915 Hermitage Road. Walk-ins are welcome.

Kelsey Cowger's knows at any time, her dogs could just run away. That's why they both have a microchip.  

"I hope they don't get out but if they do, I like knowing they can go to any shelter or vet, get scanned and come back to me," says Kelsey.

Shane St. George has a dog of his own, along with another two guys he's babysitting.
But, his dog doesn't have a microchip and that sense of security isn't there, if his dog is on the loose. 

"Especially here in the city. It's real hectic because you know if your dog gets away, it's almost impossible to find," says St. George.

But that's all about to change. He's planning on taking his dog down to the Richmond SPCA to get a microchip today. For a price that many pet owners say is a great rate.

"I didn't realize it was so cheap! I thought it'd be hundreds of dollars. For $20, it's a great deal," says St. George. "That's how much this leash costs!"

"It is the greatest tragedy in the world to lose a pet that you love with all your heard and not find them again," says Robin Starr with the SPCA.

The Richmond SPCA has already given out thousands of microchips to dogs and cats, and they are seeing the results.

Richmond Animal Care and Control reports that in 2009, 5 pets with a microchip were found and returned to their owner. Already through 2010, that number is up to 13.

"It is a painless injection of a small chip under the skin of the dog or cat," says Starr.

"It's like getting a flu shot. It's a really low key procedure," says Kelsey. "It's incredibly cheap. Really good piece of mind. It's worth doing!"

The clinic today is only for dogs and cats. Registration is closed, but we're told walk ins should only have to wait 20 minutes or less.

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