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By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Animal Companion: Microchips


I spent 20 years working in a large animal shelter, a great deal of that time in “receiving,” where animals that have strayed and previously owned animals no longer wanted are turned in. Statistically, stray pets without identification have a slim chance of being reclaimed by their owners, especially the cats. In a busy shelter like ours, pets can be held for as few as 48 hours before they can be sold, and most people hardly notice the cat is missing in 48 hours.

Over the years, so many thousands of dogs and cats died in my arms needlessly, because of the simple lack of owner identification. These were not stray dogs and cats—these were sleek, well-fed pets whose owners failed to k...

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