Although all pets adopted from the Humane Society of Carroll County come with microchips and the society recommends lost pets be microchipped when they are reunited with their owners, the organization is hosting its first free microchipping event this Halloween.
The Humane Society’s Chip ’N Treat event will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
“Ultimately we like to keep animals with their owners,” Executive Director Karen Baker said this week, “and microchips are a permanent identification that helps do that.”
According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, a pet microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a rice-sized glass cylinder that does not have a battery, but is activated when a scanner is passed over the area revealing contact information for the pet’s owner.
“If a pet is lost,” she said, “it can be taken to a veterinarian or an animal shelter, we scan it, it gives us a number and then that number identifies that pet. We can call the microchip company and get a phone number and an address of the owner, so the animal never needs to enter our shelter and always can be returned to their owners.
“It can even be used in disputes over whether or not an animal belongs to somebody,” said Baker. “It’s really important to have.”
Although the Humane Society of Carroll County offers low-cost microchipping every day for $20, the Halloween event will offer the service for free as well as goody bags with treats for pets, and presales of 2019 Carroll County dog licenses.
“March 1, 2019, is the deadline [to get licenses renewed],” Baker said. “They normally don’t go on sale until Dec. 1 — but you’re already here, you got your pet, bring current proof of a rabies vaccine, and we will sell the license early.”
The event will take place at the Humane Society of Carroll County, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, and more information can be found on the event’s Facebook page or by calling the organization at: 410-848-4810.