Microchip Increases Odds Of Reunion With Lost Pet




Has your dog ever gone missing? Your indoor cat disappear for a few days?

A missing pet is a headache and a heartache. According to HomeAgain, one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives. And 90 percent of lost pets without proper identification never make it home again.

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has shown a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent for dogs who are microchipped, versus a rate of just 22 percent for dogs who enter a shelter and are not microchipped. That means microchipping your dog more than doubles your chances of finding it if it’s ever lost!

Cats had an even more dramatic increase in successful returns home — only 2 percent of unchipped cats were returned to their owners, compared to more than 38 percent of cats that were microchipped.

Microchipping pets is easy! Microchips are not much bigger than a pencil tip, and can be implanted with a quick injection. Once injected, neither you nor your pet will be able to feel the chip. Chips do not track pets! They only provide identification when scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter. Best of all, this identification stays with your pet for life.

In conjunction with our low-cost spay and neuter clinic on April 13, the Humane Society of Central Arizona is offering reduced-cost microchipping for pets. All microchips will be $25 during the event, or $20 if purchased in conjunction with a heartworm test.

Heartworm testing

Spring is here, and bugs are in the air! If mosquitos are biting you, chances are they are biting your pet, too. And mosquitos can carry unwanted visitors to your dog. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos as larvae. When an infected mosquito bites, the larvae can be transmitted to your dog. Heartworm larvae travel through the dog’s system until they lodge in the heart, where the worms then feed on the heart lining and grow, often plugging blood vessels in the process.

A dog with heartworm can be treated, but it is much less expensive to prevent heartworms before your dog is infected. If your dog is not taking preventive medicine and is six months or older, he may already be infected with reproducing adult heartworms. There are a number of heartworm preventatives on the market, but these can only be prescribed to dogs that are not yet infected. A simple blood test is all that is needed to determine whether a dog has heartworms. The Humane Society of Central Arizona is offering heartworm tests for $20 during our spay/neuter clinic on April 13. We will be distributing free heartworm preventative to non-infected dogs that have the test administered.

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and PAWS in the Park have teamed up to bring the M.A.S.H. mobile vet to Payson on Saturday, April 13. The M.A.S.H. staff will offer spay/neuter surgeries for healthy dogs and cats AND vaccinations for rabies and parvo/distemper. The price list is as follows:

Cat Spay $60

Cat Neuter $40

Dog Spay

0-39 lbs $75

40-70 lbs $100

Lactating add $5-$20

In Heat add $5-$20

Pregnant add $15-$40

Dog Neuter

0-39 lbs $70

40-70 lbs $85

Cryptorchid add $5-$75

Canine Vaccines please call

Canine Test

Heartworm/EHR $20

Microchip $25

Both $40

Cat Vaccines please call

Method of payment is cash at time of surgery. You must be registered in advance and pay a $20 nonrefundable deposit in cash at the time of registration. To register, visit the HSCAZ shelter during business hours and make an official appointment. The shelter is located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street); hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit www.mashvet.net.

Low-cost rabies clinic

A low-cost rabies clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Rabies vaccinations are only $10. There will be a licensing fee for all dogs. This is a CASH ONLY event. For more information, please contact Main Street Animal Clinic at 474-9292, or HSCAZ at 474-5590.

Grain-free food needed

The HSCAZ shelter is in desperate need of grain-free dog food. Please consider donating any brand of grain-free dog food or a gift card from any local grocery store or pet food store. Drop off your donations at the shelter, 605 W. Wilson Court. Your gift will be greatly appreciated.

Adoptable pets

Below are some of the pets at the HSCAZ shelter who are currently waiting for a loving, forever home.


Maggie Lou was surrendered due to allergies. She is a gorgeous girl with topaz-colored eyes and a soft white and grey coat to compliment. She is very affectionate and gets along with everyone. She loves to be petted and will crawl into your lap for some TLC.


Oreo is a spunky little girl who loves to play with the other cats or with toys. She gets along well with everyone and came from a home with another cat and several dogs. Oreo is outgoing and isn’t afraid to ask for attention. Oreo is currently available for adoption at the Payson PetSmart in Rim Country Mall.


Newman is a 1-year-old Catahoula mix with bright blue eyes, just like his namesake. He is an active boy, about a year old, very friendly with people and loves to play fetch. Newman is dog social and prefers to run in the yard with other active friends. He is good with kids and would do best in a home without cats.


Bubba Gump is a super-active boy who loves to play. He gets along well with other dogs that are friendly, tolerant and playful too. He likes to play fetch and will need a home where he will get plenty of exercise. Bubba knows basic commands and is a super-happy guy. He will need some work on basic manners, but responds very well to instruction.


Niblet is a sweet baby who likes to be cuddled. She is outgoing, playful and full of life and love. She can often be found running around the cat house, chasing her siblings in a fun game of tag.


Did you say fetch?! I love to play fetch! I even stopped long enough for one of the staff to capture this cute picture. It’s cute, right?! My name is Repeat and I am a happy-go-lucky guy. I love to play and I make new friends easily. I’m very photogenic. Look at how cute my picture is!


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