Microchip clinic April 26

Join Hood River Adopt A Dog for the second-annual Adopt A Dog Microchip Clinic during the annual city-wide yard sale event in Cascade Locks on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 1 p.m. It will be held at the old fire station on WaNaPa, next to the post office.

The cost for the microchip is $16, half the typical price.

At this event, dogs must be on leash. Handlers must be 18 years or older and the owner of the dog. Pet owners and dogs from Oregon and Washington are welcome.

A rabies vaccine for dogs will also be available, for an approximate cost of $15. Protect your dog from rabies and receive a certificate to give to your doggie daycare provider or your county official when obtaining a dog license.

The next microchip clinic will be held during fall 2014 at the Hukari Animal Shelter.

Why microchips?

Despite your best efforts, your dog or cat may slip out an open door and disappear. If they’re wearing a collar and identification tag, chances are good that you’ll get them back. But what if the collar comes off?

To protect your pets in this scenario, many owners turn to technology in the form of microchips implanted in their pets.

Don’t rely on a microchip alone to protect your pet. In the event of accidental separation, identification tags are your pet’s first ticket home.

Microchips provide an extra level of protection in case your pet loses his collar and tags. Providing your dog with both tags and a microchip can help ensure a happy reunion if the unthinkable happens and your companion gets lost.

What are microchips?

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. This information is kept at a 24-hour registry. The chip is implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades.

Dr. Cynthia Mills, a local veterinarian and Adopt A Dog’s volunteer vet, will implant the chips and administer the rabies vaccine.

How they work

Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A hand-held scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information.

The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.

How you can help

Adopt A Dog Hood River is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers and entirely funded by donations and provides local residents with a dog adoption option. Volunteers ensure that every dog housed in the Hukari Animal Shelter receives high-quality care during its stay.

Since its inception in 2007, Adopt A Dog has cared for hundreds of canine shelter guests and found homes or transfer placements for hundreds of local dogs. Volunteers exercise, socialize, love and train the dogs so they are ready to be adopted to loving and permanent homes.

An online gallery of dogs is updated regularly at hoodriveradoptadog.org. Look for your lost dog housed at the shelter or browse the photos of adoptable dogs either at the shelter or in foster care.

Regular public hours are Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., but shelter hours for meeting dogs can vary so visitors are advised to call ahead or set an appointment at 541-354-1083.

To support Hood River Adopt A Dog, adopt, volunteer, foster or donate today.

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