|Barked: Thu Jun 8, '06 12:16pm PST |
|Mom asked me to post this...she's really worried that our local shelter doesn't have a microchip reader....
I just spoke to a woman named Louisa at the Clovis Animal Shelter. She told me that they DO NOT have a microchip reader for pets. I asked her why not, and she said they used to have one but it didn't read all the chips properly & opened up liability for the city--which I think is a load of crap. I told her that the city would be even MORE liable if they do not have a reader and end up euthanizing pets that are chipped. She kept interrupting me & was very argumentative. But I digress...
I am going to have my pets microchipped next month and I am just dumbfounded that our shelter doesn't even have a reader. Louisa said "they" (whoever "they" are) are CONSIDERING the purchase of an "industrial" chip reader (I think she meant universal), but there's no telling if one will be purchased or not.
So I got the name & address of Lt. Grah, who apparently is in charge of deciding whether it's worth the city's time & money to get a microchip reader. I'm writing him a letter encouraging the purchase of a microchip reader. I'll probably write a letter to the newspaper editor as well. I think it's absolutely ridiculous that Clovis does not have a reader. Microchipping is becoming the method of identifying lost animals. El Paso recently started requiring animals to be microchipped, and Chicago's city council will be voting on a similar measure soon. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13121966/site/newsweek/)
If you have pets or are an animal lover, I ask that you contact your local animal shelters and find out if they have readers. If they don't, PLEASE find out who to contact about acquiring one. (And get your pets chipped!)
AVID chip, the brand my vet uses, offers a special program to provide FREE readers to local shelters. You can find information about it here: http://mail.avidid.com/web/pets/index.html. By the way, I asked Louisa if the Clovis shelter would be interested, and she very abruptly said NO.
If you live in Clovis, please find the time to write or call Lt. Grah at the Clovis Police Dept (address below). If you can, write to the newspaper or city council as well. And PLEASE forward this to anyone who might be interested.
ATTN: Lt. Grah
PO Box 760
Clovis NM 88102
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