Mi­crochips at an­i­mal shel­ter

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

One of the good things the Town Lake An­i­mal Cen­ter does is to mi­crochip all adopted an­i­mals. The cost of mi­crochip­ping is in­cluded in the adop­tion fee.

Mi­crochip­ping is ex­tremely help­ful in iden­ti­fy­ing lost pets and re­turn­ing them safely home. How­ever, the irony is, if an an­i­mal has been found dead by the side of the road and the city picks it up, the city does not scan the an­i­mal for mi­crochips nor no­tify its owner if it is wear­ing a col­lar. This makes the city’s re­quire­ment for pets to be mi­crochipped moot and un­nec­es­sar­ily in­creases adop­tion fees.

Many pets are killed by cars and left by the road. Why doesn’t the city honor its own re­quire­ments, check for mi­crochip­ping and no­tify wor­ried/griev­ing pet own­ers of their pets’ demise?

Bar­Bara court­ney bcourt­ney0004@ya­hoo.com

Austin

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