Shelter calls for microchipping pets after difficulty finding injured dog owners

Shelter calls for microchipping pets after difficulty finding injured dog owners
One of the many available dogs at the NAFC Animal Shelter,

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After two dogs were found injured in two separate incidents earlier this week, both believed to be hit by cars, the New Albany Floyd County Animal Shelter is calling on owners to microchip their pets.

Carrie Moser, senior animal control officer for NAFC Animal Shelter said neither of the dogs were found with identification tags or microchips, making it hard to track down the owners to let them know they’d found their injured dogs. The owners were both found later on during the day through extensive social media outreach, but Moser said, if the dogs had simply been chipped, finding the owners would have taken less than a minute.

The microchip is about the size of a grain of salt.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of salt. (WAVE 3 News)

“For the one dog that was picked up in the middle of the night, we could have notified that owner right then and there,” Moser said. "We didn’t even need to remove the dog from where he was, we could have waited right there. There wouldn’t have been a necessary need to bring the animal into the shelter, the owner could have come right there and taken him straight to the veterinarian. It would have saved a lot of time and suffering on the dog.”

Microchipping costs around $15 to $35, shelter staff said, and it’s the perfect present for your pet this Christmas. It’s also important to update your pet’s microchip information online every time you move, to make sure the most up to date info is accessible in case of emergency.

If you’re in the market for a pet, adoption fees on cats and dogs are waived at the New Albany/Floyd County shelter through Saturday, December 22. Find more information here.

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