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Pawsitive Thoughts: Microchip, vaccinate pets to help keep them safe, healthy

11:38 AM, Sep. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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You might remember the story of Ace, a cat that arrived at the South Wood County Humane Society earlier this year from Arizona.

Ace had been missing for more than 10 months. Thanks to Ace's microchip, the Humane Society was able to contact his owners and arrange for transport back home, more than 1,700 miles. Without a chip, Ace would have been placed on the shelter's adoption floor and would not have been reunited with his original family.

We are happy to share Ace is doing great back home with his owners and new cat friends.

Pet ownership involves a variety of responsibilities: ensuring pets have appropriate shelter, food and water, proper obedience training using positive reinforcement, licensure with towns, annual vaccines, wellness exams and microchipping.

South Wood County Humane Society staff members, board of directors and volunteers deal all too often with the effects of irresponsible pet ownership. Many shelter animals have not been socialized properly and are more challenging to place into forever homes.

In 2012, the Humane Society cared for 884 stray animals, less than 10 percent were microchipped or current on vaccines. Annual vaccinations protect pets from a variety of life-threatening illnesses. A microchip allows owners and animals to be reunited much quicker if the pet goes missing.

South Wood County Humane Society not only cares about the animals at our facility, but those outside our walls as well. In an effort to promote health and safety, we are hosting the second annual low cost vaccine and microchip clinic from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday from at Robinson Park in Wisconsin Rapids. Services include: rabies for $20, distemper for $15 and microchipping for $15, or all three for $40, cash only. Cats must be contained in a carrier and dogs leashed at all times.

Adams-Marquette Veterinary Services will administer vaccines. Owners will receive a record of vaccines given and a rabies tag. Returning clinic clients will receive an extended three-year rabies vaccination. Pet owners are encouraged to schedule a follow up wellness visit for their animals, after the clinic, to share vaccine records with their veterinarian. Microchip information will be registered by South Wood County Humane Society staff.

A special thanks to Dog Star Resort for co-sponsoring the clinic. For more information, call South Wood County Humane Society at 715-423-0505.

Many responsible pet owners think of their pets as people, not animals. If we vaccinate and protect humans, why not take the necessary steps for our furry friends as well? Thank you for choosing to be a responsible pet owner. Believe me, your pet thanks you too!

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