$5 Cat Microchip Clinics at SPCA on December 13th
Chips Provide Lost Cats With A Second Chance
The Sacramento SPCA will hold a final $5.00 cat microchip clinic on Monday, December 13th, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SPCA shelter located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento. These Monday afternoon clinics began in September.
The $5.00 cat microchip clinics are being held in response to the overwhelming number of cats entering area shelters without any form of identification. Many of these cats are likely owned and may have simply strayed from their homes. Sacramento area animal shelters will take in more than 20,000 homeless cats in 2010, and there are simply not enough adoptive homes for all of them. These low-cost microchip clinics are designed to provide cats with permanent identification, and hopefully their ticket home if they become lost.
The cat microchip clinics are a part of a collaborative effort between the Sacramento SPCA, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary. The Sacramento area collaboration, which is being funded through a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is addressing the issues of shelter overcrowding and pet overpopulation through a series of targeted spay/neuter, identification and pet wellness clinics designed to decrease the number of stray animals entering shelters, while increasing the number of live animals leaving Sacramento area animal shelters.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchips, each coded with a unique number, are implanted between the animal’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot, and provides the animal with a permanent form of identification.
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