Humane Society offers free pet microchip clinic Saturday

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) will host a free pet microchip clinic Saturday, November 20 at the D'Iberville Sports Complex from 10am to 2pm.

"Nationally about 10 million pets stray from their homes each year," said HSSM veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Morris. "We offer free microchip clinics to the public in hopes to re-unite families and lower the number of lost animals that are brought to us."

HSSM encourages owners to microchip their pets to protect against loss or theft. A study conducted by the University of Ohio found that the return to owner rate was 20 times higher for cats and 2.5 times higher for dogs if they have a microchip.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique number that is entered into a national database and linked to the owner's personal information. To ensure that a pet will be returned to its owner, microchips can be scanned at most shelters, veterinarians' offices, and animal control agencies.

For more information on the microchip clinics, pet adoption, volunteering, or donations call the HSSM at (228) 863-3354.

HSSM operates a 41,000 square foot facility that houses adoptable animals and offers low cost and high efficiency spay/neutering services at the Louise Fenner Claiborne Spay Neuter Clinic.

HSSM took in 14,000 homeless pets and spayed/neutered more than 11,000 animals in 2009.

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