Microchips and Chocolate Chips

Posted Jan. 16, 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 16, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 10:29 a.m. to 2:29 p.m.

Location: Loyal Biscuit, 442 Main St., Rockland, Maine

The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold a micro-chipping event and bake sale at the Loyal Biscuit Co. Rockland location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Trained shelter staff will implant the tiny, rice-sized I.D., which is encoded with a unique number and implanted just under the skin in the scruff of the neck. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. The ‘chip’ can later be detected and read by a scanner used by shelters, veterinarians and other agencies.

Losing a pet can be a devastating and traumatic experience. Micro-chipping your pet can help link your pet with a 24/7 recovery network. This will greatly increase the chance that your pet will be returned to you, if ever lost or stolen.

This micro-chipping clinic, taking place at Loyal Biscuit, 442 Main St., Rockland, is $25, and all proceeds benefit PMHSKC. There is no appointment necessary for the clinic, simply come between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to the micro-chipping clinic, there will be fresh, homemade Chocolate Chip cookies and other goodies available for a donation to the PMHSKC.

“We want to make sure every pet that is separated from its owner can be reunited with their family,” said Heidi Neal, co-owner of Loyal Biscuit Co. “It is so easy to have one’s pet micro-chipped and enrolled in a recovery database, it would be heartbreaking to let that be the one thing to keep a pet and its owner apart.”