What do you have to do to prove income eligibility?
When you arrive at the clinic, you will be asked to fill out an income verification form and report your income level in relation to the 2016 federal income guideline table.
What is the income threshold for eligibility?
At or below 200% of 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines based on household size:
|Montly Income||Weekly Income|
|Each additional person||$8,320||$693||$160|
What is the process for getting a spot at the clinic? Do I need to reserve a spot or call to make an appointment?
No appointment necessary. First come, first served. However, the supply of microchips is limited and a limit of 2 pets per owner will be imposed
Is the clinic for both dogs and cats?
Yes, dogs and cats only (no ferrets)
Is there a minimum weight/age?
3 months and older, or at the clinic veterinarian’s discretion. The clinic veterinarian reserves the right to decline performance of procedure for any reason.
Do my pets need to be up to date on their vaccinations?
Being up to date on shots is recommended but not required.
Microchips are a safe, permanent and painless way of protecting your pet for a lifetime. They allow lost pets to be identified at shelters or vet clinics and increase the chance that your pet will be quickly returned to you.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a rice grain-sized transponder on which a unique number is embedded into it. Think of it as your pet’s Social Security Number. A microchip is not a GPS or tracking device.
How is it implanted in my pet?
The microchip is inserted using a needle between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats much in the same way a vaccination is administered.
Does it hurt my pet?
It is a relatively painless procedure (similar to a vaccination).
Why do I want to microchip my pet?
- Owners are concerned that their pet might become lost and want to have something more than just a collar and tag as a form of identification.
- We want to improve the chance of lost pets being reunited.
How does it work?
- Your lost pet is found and brought to a shelter, humane organization, or vet clinic.
- A microchip scanner is used to read the number on the microchip which has been implanted.
- The number is searched in an online microchip database network such as Found Animals Registry.
- Your contact information, which is directly tied to your animal’s microchip number, will show up.
- Someone will be able to contact you so can be reunited with your pet.
- This is why it is so critical to keep your contact information current in a microchip registry.
- The chip does not work like a GPS
Is there a registration fee once my pet is microchipped? What if I move? Can I change my information?
Registration with Found Animals Registry is FREE of charge. Found Animals Registry’s FREE, 24/7 online service allows you to register new pets, change contact information, and even transfer a pet to a new adopter, anytime, at NO charge.
How long do they last?
The chip should last a lifetime, but it is recommended to check it once a year.
What are the dangers of microchipping?
Possible complications include bleeding, infection or swelling.
For more information about microchipping please visit www.found.org
Clinics made possible by a grant from the Anderson Foundation.