THE festive season is here and the Kloof and Highway SPCA will be hosting a microchipping clinic daily front 2.30pm to 3.30pm for the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years. Microchipping is R275 per animal and owners are asked to ensure that all dogs are on leads and that all cats are contained in secure baskets or cat cages when bringing them to the microchipping clinic. According to Lisa Gadd the SPCA outreach officer, over the festive period too many stray animals will be collected by the Kloof and Highway SPCA staff or brought to the SPCA by members of the community, mainly due to fireworks or escaping when their families have gone away on holiday. “If you have decided on boarding kennels or for pet sitters to care for your pets, and your pets escape they may not be easily identified by a stranger, but microchips help. Microchipping your animal is so important because if your beloved pet is lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. It is always important to check your local Vets and SPCA should your pet go missing as microchips can move and in the unlikely event of this happening you will be able to find your pet,” she said. Gadd added that a microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. “The chip itself is very small – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) usually between the shoulder blades at the back of an animals neck. It is a very quick, safe, and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. “We urge pet owners to be responsible and make the most of this opportunity to get your pet’s microchipped. Give your much-loved pets a 100% effective way to be re-united with your family should they go missing. Isn’t that what your beloved dog and cat deserves?” she concluded. - Supplied.