One way to reunite pets with their owners in a more timely fashion, and with minimal expense to the county and its citizens, is to microchip animals that come into the Section's possession.
Microchipping serves many purposes:
- It provides an opportunity to reunite pets and owners quickly. Animal Control Officers scan for microchips. Microchips, if registered, can lead officers to owner contact information. Officers could then return the animal to the owner rather than transporting the animal to the facility.
- In addition to quickly reuniting animals and owners, the ability to identify animals by microchip will also assist the section by saving space, food, time, and effort that are often expended on animals being held in the facility.
- Weather related incidents have demonstrated that animals can be quickly separated from their homes and owners and, often times, at a separation of great distances. Microchipping has helped in some of those scenarios, such as during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, by identifying animals and their owners quickly and reuniting them safely with minimal cost, time and effort.