• Jules-Pierre Malartre

Low cost pet microchipping clinic offered in Hudson


PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK

Local animal rescue organizations CASCA and Stéri le chat have joined forces to host a low-cost microchipping and clipping clinic for cats and dogs. The event will be held at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All profits will go to non-profit animal rescue organizations.

The microchiping procedure, which is no more complicated than a basic vaccination, will be performed by local veterinarian Dr. Louise Lavalée. Clipping services will be performed by Parissa Grooming. Microchipping will be offered at the reduced price of $25 per pet and grooming for $10.

Numerous animals are lost every year and a large percentage of those pets are not returned, partly due to the inability to identify their owners.

Microchipping offers several benefits over other forms of identification. Collars and name tags can break off and the information printed on them can wear off over time, while a microchip is more permanent. In the event your pet is stolen, a microchip provides a proof of ownership. The practice of microchiping has become increasingly affordable over the past few years, and local microchiping clinics organized by non-profit operations like CASCA and Stéri le chat have also contributed to reducing the cost even further.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the animal’s skin. The procedure is performed using a special needle and does not require anesthesia. The information on the chip can be read using handheld equipment that most veterinarians, animal control services, and even some municipalities are now equipped with so lost pets can be quickly reunited with their owners. Some recent studies show that microchipped cats and dogs are more likely to be returned to their owners than unchipped pets.

A microchip can last for the lifetime of your pet, but it is good practice to have it checked by a veterinarian during your pet’s annual checkup to make sure it does not suffer from any malfunctions.

The profits from the clinic will allow CASCA and Stéri le chat to continue their mission to rescue and re-home stray and abandoned animals in our area. Hundreds of cats are abandoned and left to die on our streets every year. Most are not neutered which contributes to the increase in population. CASCA and Stéri le chat volunteers are running Trap-Neuter-Release programs that have proven to be more reliable (on top of being more humane) than euthanasia at controlling the excess cat population.

The proceeds from this clinic will help them carry on their mission. Both organizations are also in dire need of funds and volunteers. They are especially in need of foster homes for some of the cats they rescue where cats can be kept temporarily until adopters can be found.

If you would like to foster a cat, please contact CASCA at (514) 777-6686 or Stéri le chat at (514) 513-6766.

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