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Dec
28
2020
Drive-Thru Microchip Clinic

As the holidays approach, the Humane Society of Yuma wants Yuma’s pets to be safe. Therefore, the Humane Society of Yuma is offering a 1 day, drive-thru, microchipping clinic for Yuma’s dogs, cats may attend but must be brought in through the main shelter. The cost of the microchip on December 30th will be $15.00. This price will include the microchip, a collar and a tag stating that the animal has been microchipped.

As the holidays approach, the Humane Society of Yuma wants Yuma’s pets to be safe. Therefore, the Humane Society of Yuma is offering a 1 day, drive-thru, microchipping clinic for Yuma’s dogs, cats may attend but must be brought in through the main shelter. The cost of the microchip on December 30th will be $15.00. This price will include the microchip, a collar and a tag stating that the animal has been microchipped.

The community is asked to line up along the canal on 4 1/2E, in front of the shelter, and staff will direct the public through our parking lot. The goal is to microchip as many dogs as we can while ensuring we keep the public and our staff socially distanced. Drive-thru hours will be from 1pm-4pm, only cash or card will be accepted.

“New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest times for animal shelters across the country and Yuma’s animal shelter is no different”, says Annette Lagunas, Executive Director. “Since we are trying to keep our community safe during this pandemic by limiting the amount of people in the shelter, we thought this year we would try a drive-thru microchip clinic with hopes of getting animals microchipped before New Years”. Microchips are implanted between the dog's shoulder blades and they are about the size of a grain of rice. Each animal is then registered with all of their owners information, to include, address and cell phone information. Should the animal get away during the New Year’s celebration and get into the hands of our local animal control agencies, the officer’s can simply scan the animal and get that animal's information while still in the field. “The Humane Society of Yuma does not want owned pets entering the shelter. But we realize that accidents happen and in those cases we are here for our community. Microchips save so many lives and keep a lot of animals out of the shelter. If your pet is not microchipped now would be a great time to get that done”, says Lagunas.

In addition to microchipping, the shelter wants to remind pet owners to make plans for your pets if you are going to leave your home to celebrate the New Year. Ensure that your gates are properly secured and you leave music on in your home to drown out the sound of the fireworks going off. Planning ahead can mean a great deal to your pet. Lastly, if your pet is already microchipped please ensure that your information is correct. Lagunas says, “probably 50% of the animals that enter the shelter with a microchip do not have updated information for their owners. Unfortunately, this delays our ability to get the pet back to those owners quickly in an emergency. Microchipping can be life-saving for your animal if that information is correct.” To see if the shelter has the most current information for your pet, call them at 928-782-1621.”

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