Today I am welcoming and featuring another guest poster for my blog. Also, I am spotlighting the book DAWGS by Diane Trull. Welcome Meredith Wargo, take it away.
Give Your Pet a Chip
While everybody knows today is Valentine’s Day, very few people realize it is also Pet Theft Awareness
Day. It’s sad that there has to be a day dedicated to bringing awareness to the increasing number of pet
theft and dognapping cases but the concept behind this day is to serve as a reminder to take the
necessary steps to keep your pet from becoming a statistic in the first place.
Microchipping is one of the latest technological advances that helps keep our pets safe. Microchips are
permanent IDs that are implanted into your pet’s skin. They don’t replace a tag and collar, but they can
make a significant difference in bringing home a lost or stolen pet.
Here are a few tips for making sure you get the most benefit out of your pet’s microchip:
Be sure to register your pet’s microchip and keep your contact information current. If you change
phone numbers or move, contact the company that provided the microchip and update your
information in their system.
Have your pet’s microchip scanned annually to be sure it’s working correctly. The best time to do
this is when you take your pet in for his yearly check-up.
The U.S. doesn’t have a national microchip database that houses all microchipped information. So
be aware that if your pet is microchipped in one state but gets lost in a different state, the chip
reader may not detect the microchip.
Matted fur can make detection of a microchip difficult. Keep your pet well-groomed to ensure best
results when scanning for a microchip.
Do your pets a favor ~ don’t skip the chip!
About the book:
Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull's life-defining moment happened when her fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies. Trull was no stranger to rescuing abandoned animals. She and her husband Mark had made it their mission to find permanent homes for stray dogs and cats. Now her young students were determined to save these lost pups and others like them. And in that moment, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary--known as DAWGS--was born.
How Trull and her fourth graders started their own animal shelter is a story of dedication, commitment, and perseverance. In this eye-opening, deeply personal book, Trull describes the challenges they faced, from rescuing and caring for the animals to teaching children about compassion and responsibility, to facing local interests opposed to having a shelter in their town. She shares inspiring stories about animals and animal lovers of all ages in this moving story of hope and compassion. DAWGS is a testament to how love and a strong measure of determination can offer second chances--one animal, one child, and one day at a time.
Enter to win author signed copy of DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them (one winner) (USA only) (ends Mar 3)