Police use a microchip scanner to assist find and return lost pets.
You may have noticed that there have been less lost animals on our page in the last month. This isn't because fewer animals have gone missing. It's because we got a Home Again pet microchip scanner, they explained on Facebook.
Any pet owner's biggest dread is discovering that their dog has escaped. Fortunately, if they're microchipped, they're likely to be discovered.
Instead of attempting to describe your dog over the phone,'what does your dog look like?' It's a sure-fire method to say, 'This is your pet, says the author. Alexis Julian, a veterinary technician at Stateline Hillcrest Animal Hospital, explained.
Microchips have grown in popularity over time. They're little implants that can save information on the owner of an animal.
People never regret microchipping their dogs, but they do regret not microchipping them if they run away, according to Julian.
It'll only happen once. I try to impress upon you that you're only paying it once, and then your pet will have it for the rest of its life, she explained.
Normally, if you find a missing animal, you must take it to a veterinarian to have the microchip scanned. Many individuals in Westville, however, drop off stray dogs and cats with the police.
We have a kennel, says the narrator. We give them food and take them for walks. Sometimes people see us strolling the dogs out here, Varvel explained.
Westville, like many other police agencies, is understaffed. They're occupied. They also deal with a lot of stray dogs.
Especially with us, there's only one on duty at a time, so splitting your time might be a little tough, he remarked.
As a result, they were overjoyed to get the scanner, as well as several leashes, collars, and dog toys, which had been donated.
It came out of nowhere, and we had no idea what was going on," he added, "but it was obviously a welcome tool on our part.
Finding a dog's owner used to take hours, if not days. It now takes a fraction of that time thanks to their new chip scanner.
We've had a handful that didn't have microchips, but the ones that do - we can determine where they belong in 15 minutes and contact the owner or transport them to their house if they're in town, Varvel added.
He added the scanner has saved them a lot of time because they only have a couple of full-time policemen on work currently. And they're grateful to everyone who helped.