The SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center (SICSA) will hold a free Microchipping Event on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at their facility located at 8171 Washington Church Road, Dayton, Ohio. Microchips will be implanted by trained professionals and are offered on a first-come first-served basis, in which the first 120 animals will receive a free microchip. Registration will take place on site the day of the event and participants will be given a number that will hold their place in line. Every 15 minutes, approximately 30 microchips will be implanted.
“When a pet goes missing it is so stressful, not only for the pet owner, but for the pet as well,” said Nora Vondrell, CEO and President of SICSA. “The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a common day when many pets go missing due to the loud noise of fireworks. The huge booms are scary for dogs and cats, and in their fear, they often run away from the noise even if it means escaping the safety of their own homes.”
To help lost pets be reunited with their owners, SICSA is providing a free Microchipping Event to the community. An animal that is microchipped can be scanned at an animal shelter or a veterinary office, and from the chip, its owners can be located and contacted. “Microchipping your pet is a wonderful way to protect its safety and help it be returned to you if it should go missing,” stated Vondrell.
A microchip implant is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the loose skin between an animal’s shoulder blades and is no more invasive than a vaccination. It contains no battery, no moving parts, and no power is required. The microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number. When it is scanned by a veterinarian or shelter employee, it transmits the ID number that is listed in a national pet-recovery database containing the pet owner’s contact information.
Dale Neiberding is a pet owner who adopted a dog from SICSA many years ago. The dog, whose name is Coco, is microchipped and has escaped from her yard three times over the past fourteen years. Each time, Coco was returned because of her microchip. “In her younger age, Coco was quite the ‘wild child’ and loved roaming the neighborhood,” said Neiberding. “The first time she went missing, she was gone for almost two weeks, and I was heartbroken. Thank goodness for her chip! That’s how I got her back every time she escaped.”
This free event is made possible from the support of the Rotary Club of Oakwood, Home Again Pet Recovery, and The Microchip Initiative.