The first day of 2019 will start an innovative tradition at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. All dogs and cats will be microchipped when adopted.
“I wanted to start microchipping animals before now, but I had to wait on the computer program,” said Kim Pettrey, center director. “Beginning Jan. 1, every dog and every cat adopted from here will be microchipped free of charge. If someone wants us to microchip an animal they got from somewhere else, the cost will be $25.”
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery. It is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves emitted by the scanner activate the chip.
When the scanner passes over the area, the chip transmits an ID number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The owner’s information is stored in a database under that number.
The microchips presently used in pets only contain ID numbers. The microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal if it gets lost. However, if an animal is adopted from the facility and picked up by an Animal Control officer later, the microchip could help the department reunite pets with owners.
Anyone interested in having their pet microchipped can call 507-3647. The service begins Jan. 1.