Thursday, October 30, 2014

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY CENTERS OFFERING FREE MICROCHIPPING FOR 2,000 CATS

Organization makes bold commitment to help save cat lives

For cat owners, it’s a startling statistic: Nationwide, less than 2% of stray cats entering shelters are ever reunited with their families. Last year, at the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), less than 1% of stray cats were reunited with their owners. To increase the chances that lost cats are reunited with their families and to help save lives, MHS’ three veterinary centers are offering free microchipping to their feline clients.  The generous opportunity will be extended to the first 2,000 cats at the time of any MHS veterinary office visit or other paid service. The free microchipping will be provided by appointment only on a first-come, first-served basis.

“So much heartache is caused when thousands of area cats become lost each year and so few are ever found by their distraught families, but that can be easily prevented by taking precautionary steps such as providing your pet with proper identification,” said Dr. Kelley Meyers, MHS Vice President of Veterinary Center Operations. “Lives are saved when pets have current identification to speak for them.”



A microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the pet’s shoulders in a process that is comparable to a vaccination. Animal shelters (both nonprofit shelters like MHS and municipal animal control shelters) and veterinarians have universal scanners that can be used to scan pets that are found as strays. If a microchip is detected, the unique, pet-specific code can be readily traced to the owner.  A microchip is not a GPS locating device.  

MHS strongly recommends that all dogs and cats wear a collar with an identification tag, and in conjunction with this visible ID, be microchipped.  If the pet’s collar and identification tags should fall off – or be taken off – a microchip could be his or her ticket home.

The MHS veterinary centers offer appointments Monday through Saturday. Please call:
•           MHS Detroit: (313) 872-0004
•           MHS Rochester Hills: (248) 852-7424
•           MHS Berman Center in Westland: (734) 721-4195



The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. To learn more, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

13 comments:

  1. We have similar programs here but sadly the people who should use them don't. That always makes us sad. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. That is such a good idea. I was microchipped before I could be adopted too from the Humane Society in our city. M & D also got me a tag to ear on my neck - so I'm doubly protected just in case I decide to take off (which I have never ever done.)

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  3. I hope the MHS gets more than 2,000 cats opting for this!

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  4. We were microchipped before the RSPCA would let us go home with Mum - our vet just runs over it to make sure it's in the same place every year when we go for our annual assessments and stabbings.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  5. We didn't mean he literally ran over it - it's a little machine type thing that can check it's still there!!
    Silly Mum!!!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  6. That's such a great idea! Have a wonderful Thursday, sweetie! :-) xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

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  7. Paws up for that amazingly generous offer ! Purrs

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  8. Oh Wow dat is Pawsum!!!

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  9. What a fantastic service the Michigan Humane Society is offering. I hope all the microchips are used up!

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  10. That is awesome that the shelter is doing the microchips for free. I hope all the chips get used. Our shelter microchips all animals before they are adopted and we chip all cats that come through our spay/neuter program. Would you believe I have had some people argue with me over chipping their cats? But fear not, I always get my way. MOL!

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  11. Oh that is great news!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  12. That's Pawsome! In Holland they chip animals sometimes for free, for people who live on welfare :) Pawkisses :) <3

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