Oh yes, the grammar police will hate that headline but it’s the truth; south Floridians have been lulled into a false sense of security by our extreme luck in dodging hurricanes for several seasons now. But whether this great weather is attributed to Indian Spirits or Mother Nature, don’t let the beginning of fall fool you, folks; hurricane season is still in full swing until the end of November.
The county has some excellent information available for pet owners as your vet probably does as well, and one of the primary things emphasized after DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND is to have proper I.D. on them so that if … despite your best and most responsible efforts … you and your pet are separated, your precious ones can be identified and returned to you ASAP.
This is true not only of hurricane season in Florida but all year round, all over the world; how many times have we seen the desperate posts from people whose animals “never run away” but something… a storm, a firecracker, a stranger in the home, an auto accident, whatever … frightened them and they uncharacteristically bolted and disappeared? You say your cats “never” go out? Uh-huh, every lost and found department of every shelter in the world has heard that one a million times. It only takes ONCE!
There have recently been several news stories about pets being returned to their families even after long absences thanks to the responsible owner having microchipped the animal. So hurricanes or not, the important thing is to have more than a removable collar and tag on pets for I.D., and the microchip is probably the safest, easiest, most reliable means of permanent I.D. (Especially good for those who don’t leave collars on their pets when they’re left home alone.) About the size of a grain of rice it’s inserted quickly with a syringe and most pets don’t even seem to notice. There. Done!
For more complete information on microchipping (how it’s done, how it works) read this article.
Microchipping is so vital that Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital in Sarasota has partnered with Cat Depot to help you get this important piece of pet parenting covered and PS – yes, even for D – O – G – S! Here’s the scoop:
Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital in partnership with Cat Depot will hold a Hurricane Preparedness Microchip Program on Saturday, October 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital, 2959 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Take advantage of this generous opportunity and microchip chip your dog or cat for only $10 per microchip. (animals must be on a leash and in carriers)
Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters across North America. The majority of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying a pet and linking the animal back to their family. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. To improve your loved one’s chances of getting home, microchip your pets.
Cat Depot, a rescue, adoption, education and resource center, is dedicated to helping abandoned, homeless and injured cats and kittens with medical care, food and love. Cat Depot houses over 125 cats and kittens on any day. Cat Depot has changed the destiny of thousands of formerly homeless felines, currently living joyful lives because of donations and support by members and volunteers.
If you would like to donate, volunteer or become a member and support Cat Depot’s mission of saving lives, please visit their website at www.catdepot.org or call 366-2404. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street, Sarasota FL, 34234. To better serve the public, Cat Depot is open 7 days a week, M-F, 11am to 7pm, S-S, 11am to 5pm.