People Helping Paws: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)

What was the money or product used for?

Microchip scanner, microchips, shelter medicine and preventatives.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to start microchipping our own animals instead of relying on the various brands that the spay/neuter clinics use. This has been a goal of ours since we started the rescue, but every time we have saved just enough money to start the program, we have gotten an animal with extraordinary veterinary expenses. This was a great help to our rescue and will provide extra protection for the animals we adopt through our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 to date, with 85 more pets to come

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We don’t have a specific story to tell. We are just trying to help all animals stay safe in their homes. A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time (JAVMA, July 15, 2009). For microchipped animals that weren’t returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database.

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