Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pet ID Chip Works!

Bella was lost in the aftermath of hurricane Wilma. The storm blew down a fence and Bella wandered off. That was two years ago. After an extensive search, the owners of the 5-year old Presa Canario mix had given up hope of ever finding her.

That all changed on Wednesday [30 May 2007] when Miami-Dade County Animal Control Officer Lisa Yambrich responded to an injured animal report. Undernourished, anemic and infested with ticks, Yambrich loaded the dog into her vehicle for the trip to the shelter in Medley. Once there a scan turned up a microchip that provided the information needed to return Bella home within hours.

Bella is home now, tick-free and well fed, getting reacquainted with her humans, their neighbors and the neighbors' pets. She is also getting to know her new brother, a one-year old Presa Canario named Thor.

Hurricane Season starts tomorrow, June 1st. This may be a good time to check with your vet to see if your dog could get a microchip of their own. Read the whole article about finding Bella in the Miami Herald here. We want to point out that Ellie Brecher, the owner of the Crazy for Critters blog, wrote the article for the Herald for whom she is a reporter. If you haven't read her blog, you should, so click the link above or check the right-side column of this blog for her blog's info.

This is also a good time to remind you that in the aftermath of a storm, always monitor your animals closely. As in Bella's case, a fenced-in yard may no longer be secure. More importantly, your dog may be stressed and the wind and rain very well may have eliminated all the smells pets need to find their way about their local area. Without those smells, your pet-friend could become lost much more easily.

After the storm, keep your pet indoors or on a leash for a few days unless you are physically with them and are absolutely sure they will respond to your calls to "come." Plus, there are many hazards --- broken glass, downed power lines, broken and weakened tree limbs, and standing water that may contain germs and bacteria, including waste material from septic tanks.

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