HOLDEN, Mass. — Holden's Animal Control Officer Michael Sendrowski has a new tool to help bring lost pets home, thanks to a recent donation of a microchip scanner from Hopkinton Drug and Massachusetts Animal Coalition.
“I am very grateful for the generosity of Hopkinton Drug and MAC. This will definitely help me do the important work I do,” said Sendrowski.
Microchips, each about the size of a grain of rice, have been implanted in animals for years and offer a permanent unique registration number that cannot be altered or removed.
Starting this month, animal control officers in Massachusetts will be required to scan each stray animal for a microchip as part of a new law updating animal control statutes.
“We think this is a perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of micro-chipping and to play a role in helping to get this technology to our ACOs. From experience, we have learned that micro-chipping offers a more reliable, quicker and more efficient way of helping to reunite more pets with their families,” said Anne Lindsay, founder of MAC.
HomeAgain is one of several companies offering microchips and scanners. Owners register their pets on a central database and, if the animal is lost, a veterinarian, shelter or animal control department representative can scan any animal found.
Once the chip is detected, the animal control officer can contact the microchip company and obtain the owner’s information. The donated scanners are able to read chips manufactured by other companies in addition to its own.
The scanner donation comes in part from a grant to MAC from the Hopkinton Drug Fund for Massachusetts Animal Shelters program. For every veterinary prescription filled at Hopkinton Drug, money is set aside and disbursed to benefit local animal shelters and rescues. The grant provides services to animals in need.
The other portion of the scanner donation is made possible by the MAC disaster fund.
“We think that disaster preparedness is important. If we have a disaster, such as last year’s Western Mass. tornado or are hit harder by a Hurricane like Sandy, microchip technology can be key to reuniting pets with owners” Lindsay said.
MAC and Hopkinton Drug plan to donate dozens of scanners to Massachusetts animal control officers.
For more information on MAC, call 978-779-9880 or visit its website.