Today is Check the Chip Day and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has published some heartwarming success stories to mark the occasion.
An orange tabby cat named T2 escaped from his owner’s temporary home in Florida following a hurricane in 2004. Just this past March, he arrived in an animal shelter as a stray and was reunited with his owner after more than 14 years apart.
Dixxy, a beagle, disappeared from her Maryland home in 2013 and turned up two years later at an Oklahoma animal shelter. Her owners, who had given up hope of ever finding her, picked her up two days later.
Both reunions were made possible by microchips – microchips that linked these much-loved pets with the current contact information for their families.
Check the Chip Day was created by the AVMA in collaboration with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to encourage pet owners to microchip their pet and to keep the registration information accurate and up-to-date. For more information about Check the Chip Day, visit the AVMA website.