May is National Pet Flea Month and Responsible Pet Sitter Month.
The Woods Humane Society says it wants owners to protect their pets and is offering free microchipping clinics at each of its locations throughout May.
Weekly clinics are available at the San Luis Obispo and North County locations.
The non-profit organization says the microchips are almost the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just under the skin of dogs and cats. Each chip contains a unique code that can be scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter employee and compared to an online ID database.
“Microchipping allows lost pets to be quickly reunited with their owners rather than going through the stress and confusion of being in a shelter, or worse,” Woods CEO Neil Trent said.
The American Humane Association says more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States each year, while one-third of all pets will be lost at some point in their lives.
The organization says only 15% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners.
“A lot of these strays could be brought home safely if they could only be identified,” Trent says. “At just $20, microchips are among the cheapest, easiest, and best ways to protect our pets from the risk of homelessness and suffering as strays.”
Local pet owners can schedule an appointment to get free microchips on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. at its San Luis Obispo location and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. at its Atascadero location, throughout throughout the month of May.
Appointments can be made at www.SpaySLOCounty.com [spayslocounty.com].
For more information, visit WoodsHumaneSociety.org/adoptions/microchip/ [woodshumanesociety.org] or call (805) 543-9316.
Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 and 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422.