Pembroke Pines, Florida – If there was ever an example why every responsible pet owner should microchip their dog, Buddy could be a “poster dog” for this inexpensive form of identification. Buddy is an English Pointer who was found nearly three weeks ago with no collar, no tags, and no microchip to help him find his way back home.
Buddy was found wandering near the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Sheridan Street near Interstate Highway I-75. His rescuer, Sandy Dowdee was able to coax him over, and has been trying to find his owner or a great home ever since.
“I put up posters, signs, called the Broward County Animal Shelter and the Broward County Humane Society, but no one has reported a dog missing. Dogs can travel long distances, and this dog doesn’t seem like a stray. He has been well-cared for. I estimate his age to be between three and five years old.”
Buddy has been in the temporary foster care with Sandy’s friend Chuck. Buddy’s owners obviously took care of him; his nails have been clipped, his teeth are clean and white, and his ears are clean. He responds to basic commands, is willing to learn, loves to be petted, and interacts and plays well with the neighborhood children.
Tragically thousands of dogs are lost every year and have no identification – just like what has happened to Buddy. These beautiful dogs; many purebreds and mixed breeds alike are either adopted or euthanized.
Collars and tags can fall off, but if every owner microchipped their pets, more dogs and cats could be reunited with their families. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the back area of an animal’s neck. The microchip is encased with a plastic covering compatible with living tissue and contains an alphanumeric code unique to each dog. When a handheld device is held over the dog, radio waves pick up the identifying chip. The information is checked with the company, and the owners are notified.
Microchips are designed to last a lifetime, and on occasion can move, however instructions on scanners direct users to scan the animal’s entire body. There are some microchips and scanners that are still not universally compatible, and microchipping is certainly not a foolproof method to ensure your pet’s identification, but it has reunited many pets with their owners. Be sure to ask your veterinarian or you can click here for more information about microchips.
Never allow your pets to run free, always have identification on them all the time and microchip your pets at their first veterinarian visit. Help your pet to speak.
Buddy is in need of a permanent home. If you would like to adopt him, please call Sandy Dowdee at 954-252-7270 or email her at [email protected]