Partnership aims to reunite pets over ‘fireworks’ season

2018-10-30 06:02

As the year draws to an end, it is important that pet owners prepare for a time of year synonymous with animals escaping, says Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA, Tara McGovern­.

Over celebratory holidays such as Halloween, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve, where the use of fireworks is still a reality, many animals find themselves terrified and running for safety with often tragic results, McGovern explains. Animals often find themselves injured in motor vehicle collisions, impaled on fences or lost and far from home.

McGovern says that one in three pets go missing during their lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home.

“A microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.

“To protect your beloved family member from being another ‘missing animal’ statistic, the CoGH SPCA recommends that all pets are implanted with an Identipet microchip, SPCA’s preferred microchipping solution,” she says.

She adds the animal can be scanned by SPCA inspectors enabling them to access the chip information and retrieve the owner’s details within a matter of minutes­.

“Last year we happily reunited 95 lost dogs and 12 missing cats with their owners during this time period. (Identipet) offers more than just a microchip due to their supporting systems and technology. The technology means that a pet owner will be notified by SMS immediately when their lost pet is scanned at a vet, welfare organisation or other scanning facility to let you know the whereabouts of your animal,” she says.

To further assist the SPCA in reuniting pets with their rightful owners, Identipet equips all CoGH SPCA inspectors with state-of-the-art scanners, allowing them to instantly determine if a found animal is in fact microchipped.

“If your animal is already microchipped, please do ensure that your contact details are up-to-date through the relevant microchipping service provider,” says McGovern.

Identipet gift vouchers are available to purchase from the SPCA vet shop at 69 Gabriel Road in Plumstead.

“With an Identipet microchip, should your pet ever go missing, they have the highest chance of being found compared to any other available methods,” McGovern says.V For more information call CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4166 or 021 700 4463 to book an appointment for an Identipet microchip at a once-off fee of R100.

As the year draws to an end, it is important that pet owners prepare for a time of year synonymous with animals escaping, says Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA, Tara McGovern­.

Over celebratory holidays such as Halloween, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve, where the use of fireworks is still a reality, many animals find themselves terrified and running for safety with often tragic results, McGovern explains. Animals often find themselves injured in motor vehicle collisions, impaled on fences or lost and far from home.

McGovern says that one in three pets go missing during their lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home.

“A microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.

“To protect your beloved family member from being another ‘missing animal’ statistic, the CoGH SPCA recommends that all pets are implanted with an Identipet microchip, SPCA’s preferred microchipping solution,” she says.

She adds the animal can be scanned by SPCA inspectors enabling them to access the chip information and retrieve the owner’s details within a matter of minutes­.

“Last year we happily reunited 95 lost dogs and 12 missing cats with their owners during this time period. (Identipet) offers more than just a microchip due to their supporting systems and technology. The technology means that a pet owner will be notified by SMS immediately when their lost pet is scanned at a vet, welfare organisation or other scanning facility to let you know the whereabouts of your animal,” she says.

To further assist the SPCA in reuniting pets with their rightful owners, Identipet equips all CoGH SPCA inspectors with state-of-the-art scanners, allowing them to instantly determine if a found animal is in fact microchipped.

“If your animal is already microchipped, please do ensure that your contact details are up-to-date through the relevant microchipping service provider,” says McGovern.

Identipet gift vouchers are available to purchase from the SPCA vet shop at 69 Gabriel Road in Plumstead.

“With an Identipet microchip, should your pet ever go missing, they have the highest chance of being found compared to any other available methods,” McGovern says.V For more information call CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4166 or 021 700 4463 to book an appointment for an Identipet microchip at a once-off fee of R100.

As the year draws to an end, it is important that pet owners prepare for a time of year synonymous with animals escaping, says Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA, Tara McGovern­.

Over celebratory holidays such as Halloween, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve, where the use of fireworks is still a reality, many animals find themselves terrified and running for safety with often tragic results, McGovern explains. Animals often find themselves injured in motor vehicle collisions, impaled on fences or lost and far from home.

McGovern says that one in three pets go missing during their lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home.

“A microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.

“To protect your beloved family member from being another ‘missing animal’ statistic, the CoGH SPCA recommends that all pets are implanted with a microchip,” she says.

She adds the animal can be scanned by SPCA inspectors enabling them to access the chip information and retrieve the owner’s details within a matter of minutes­.

“Last year we happily reunited 95 lost dogs and 12 missing cats with their owners during this time period,” she says.

“If your animal is already microchipped, please do ensure that your contact details are up-to-date through the relevant microchipping service provider,”

Identipet gift vouchers are available to purchase from the SPCA vet shop at 69 Gabriel Road in Plumstead. “With a microchip, should your pet ever go missing, they have the highest chance of being found compared to any other available methods,” McGovern says.V For more information call CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4166 or 021 700 4463.

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