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Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter holding low-cost microchip clinic

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 06:00 am

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Animal owners know the unsettling fear and worry of a beloved family pet getting out and going missing and Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter is hoping to ease some of those fears with new low-cost microchip clinics.

“I’m excited about it. I think it’s a great idea because we get so many unidentified pets,” said Tails to Tell Volunteer Melodie Merrick.

Merrick said the shelter takes in hundreds of stray and lost animals each year and many of those animals are found without any form of identification that could help reunite them with their owner.

“Thank goodness for Facebook, the majority of the time lost pets are seen and found on there,” Merrick said of the shelter’s Facebook page.

Currently there are two clinics scheduled for March but Merrick said if they have a good response there will be more in the future.

The low-cost microchip clinic will cost pet owners $25, which Merrick said is at least half the price of what the procedure normally costs.

The Airdrie clinic is on March 1, and begins at 4 p.m. at the Heartland Veterinary Clinic located at 2700 Main Street.

A second clinic is being held in Didsbury at Didsbury Veterinary Services located at 2601 – 16 Street, on March 24, beginning at 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and registration forms are available online at, on the Tails to Tell Facebook page at, email at or call and register at 403-946-0011.

The microchip is a permanent, safe and painless way to identify your pet and Merrick said all vets and Humane Societies have scanners that can locate the microchip and the data it contains.

She said tattoos may be the traditional form of pet identification but they can fade.

A microchip may move from the original injection spot but will always be with the animal.

“It will probably take longer to make sure the information is correct to register the microchip than it will to get the chip,” she said.

The microchip is a tiny integrated circuit implant, about the size of a large grain of rice, which contains the pet owners contact information in case a pet is found.

Merrick reminds pet owners to update their contact information for the microchip when they move.

“It’s a permanent identification. It’s easy. It’s painless,” Merrick said.

“For $25, I think it’s a great deal to make sure your pet is returned home.”

Tails to Tell is located in Crossfield and cares for many animals from Airdrie and the surrounding area.

In 2013, the no-kill animal shelter took in 226 animals and adopted out 200.

The animal rescue group is currently looking for volunteers and interested animal lovers who can attend a volunteer recruitment night on Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cam Clark Ford Community Meeting Room.

“We are trying to get more people involved with everything from fundraising to shelter work,” Merrick said.

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