GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- We are approaching the 6th anniversary of the April 27th tornado outbreak. The memories are still fresh for many of us. The storms affected everything, even down to displacing families' pets.
So next month, Marshall County Animal Control will partner with local animal clinics to help people get their pets microchipped at a lower cost.
"We're doing it as a way to remember the storms," explained Marshall County Animal Control director Kevin Hooks. He added that many pets got lost during the April 2011 tornadoes, and their owners didn't know what happened to them.
Animal Control plans to facilitate an event throughout the month of April to give people a chance to get their pets microchipped at a lower cost.
"We're encouraging pet owners to get microchips implanted in their animals to help them get back to home, in case we find them at Animal Control," Hooks said.
Most animals picked up belong to someone, but just can't be identified. In fact, Animal Control says in any given year, one out of every three pets goes missing and 90% of them never return home, because they can't be identified.
Hooks says getting pets microchipped dramatically improves the chances of having lost, misplaced, or stolen pets reunited with their owners. Most animals picked up by Animal Control are owned pets that can't be identified.
"As we take a dog into the animal control shelter, we scan the pet to see if it has a microchip, and the microchip has the information on it to get it back to the owner," Hooks added.
The program during the month of April spans several animal clinics and hospitals across Marshall County. The chip is $20, which is a reduced cost. At some locations, that price includes the registration fee. At other locations, the registration fee is less than $20.
You can call to make an appointment to get your pet microchipped.
Here is a list of the participating locations:
- B&A Animal Hospital in Boaz
- Guntersville Animal Hospital
- Lake Guntersville Veterinary Services
- Spring Creek Animal Clinic in Guntersville
- Westside Veterinary Hospital in Arab
You can also buy microchips from Marshall County Animal Control Director Kevin Hooks. Those will have to be implanted by the pet owner or a veterinarian.
Pricing information for participating locations can be found here.