By Nikki Senecal
Last month, the Animal Coalition of Delaware County played an important part in helping the local community and their pets. Dr. Dave Warner, ACDC Board member recently retired from Stoney Creek Veterinary practice, joined Dr. Alexandre Daley, of the Penn Treaty Kennel Club, in Rose Tree Park on April 14th to microchip dogs. The Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Kennel Club provided free microchips to any Delaware County dog.
People and dogs began lining up at 8:30 in Rose Tree Park. Between nine and noon the two veterinarians microchipped 143 dogs. “I was amazed that we had a lot of dogs close together without a major incident. It really was a fun time,” says Warner.
When asked about the importance of microchips for pet identification, Warner told the story of a dog lost far from home. “I recall a family who lost their dog while on vacation in Florida. They searched while in Florida but then had to return to Wisconsin when the vacation was over. They got home feeling crushed, but were delighted two days later to get a phone call that their dog had been found and most importantly identified because it had a microchip. They were able to get their pet flown back to its home even though it had been lost a thousand miles away.”
He continues, “People who rely only on a collar with an I.D. tag are depending on the collar to stay on the pet. Too often the collar is lost as the pet roams or removed and destroyed by someone who wants to claim the pet is theirs. The chip is always present in the pet.”
Lauren Contino, Public Relations Assistant for Delaware County who organized the event raved, “Dave and Alex were fabulous and their services were so much appreciated. Dave’s knowledge and expertise proved to be an extraordinary help and benefited all Delaware County animals receiving an up-to-date license or microchip at the event.”
In addition, 108 lifetime licenses were sold at the clinic. Licensing your dog isn’t just the law—noncompliance comes with a $300 fine—it can help you be reunited with your dog. If someone finds your licensed dog, your Good Samaritan can go online to find your contact information and return your dog quickly and safely.
“Positive activities such as this truly make a difference in our community,” Contino explained.
Fees from licensing are put to good use as well. They underwrite the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement allowing them to prevent and investigate cruelty to dogs, assist humane organizations, inspect and license kennels, investigate dog bites, and provide educational services on dog ownership.
For more information on obtaining a lifetime license, see this post.