AUSTIN -- During National Micro-chipping Awareness Month this June, the Austin Animal Center is hoping to educate pet owners on the importance of tagging and micro-chipping their animals.
Pets who are properly micro-chipped and tagged have the best chance of being returned if lost, officials say. They add that pets who aren't tagged or chipped when they get lost, have a 100 percent chance of not being taken to the animal shelter if found.
“It’s so important whether you own an indoor or outdoor cat or dog to get them chipped,” Chief Animal Services Office Abigail Smith said. “The unforeseen can happen and the pet may get out and they can roam, in some cases, a long way from home. If they are properly identified they will be returned quickly, and in most cases without entering the animal shelter.”