If only our pets could speak. Oh, I know… you might say that they do have communication techniques that we humans don’t always understand. But that doesn’t get the lost critters home any faster when they come into the animal shelter.

Until the day that we and our pets speak the same language, it is up to us, as responsible pet owners, to have proper identification on our cats and dogs. And a cute collar does not count…UNLESS it has identification tags dangling from it.

Better yet, this would be a good time to consider a microchip for your Fluffy or Fido. If your cat or dog was adopted from the Beatrice Animal Shelter in recent years, it should already have a microchip since that is part of the adoption protocol.

No Place Like Home

If he/she does not have one, please take note of an important “No Place Like Home” event. On Saturday, June 29th, the Beatrice Humane Society is holding a Microchip Clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Beatrice Animal Shelter at 534 So. Reed St. (Highway 136 across from SCC)

The usual charge for a microchip is 25 dollars, but for this special promotion, free-will donations will be accepted. No appointment is necessary. Pets need to be current with rabies vaccinations and must be brought into the shelter on a leash or in a pet carrier.

The microchip will be injected quickly and painlessly – like getting an ear pierced. The tiny chip is about the size of a grain of rice, but it holds BIG information that includes how to contact the owner of a precious pet that has strayed from home.

When lost animals come into the shelter, staff will scan the universal site at the nape of the neck to check for a chip. But there is one more important detail to remember. When pet owners move, the national registry must be notified so that records can be updated. It’s not unusual for an animal to be scanned with a chip, but if the information is not current, the owner cannot be located.

Fourth can be frightening

The timing of the “No Place Like Home” project is not by chance. With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, it is important that pets be properly identified before the booms and blasts of fireworks begin.

It’s no surprise that shelters around the country are especially busy the day or two after the Fourth as dogs and cats bolt and run with fear from the frightening sounds, and unfortunately, many of them do not have any identification.

Mark your calendar now. And if your pet is already chipped, please tell your friends and neighbors to take advantage of this special promotion.

Adopt -a-Shelter-Cat Month

It’s still June, and we are still observing National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Any month is a good time to meet a forever feline friend, but kitten season is a very appropriate time to promote cat adoptions.

Our friends at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha are also observing Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. The Society’s Pam Wiese recently shared some cat facts that you might find interesting.

*All cats have three sets of long hairs that are sensitive to pressure: whiskers, eyebrows, and the hairs between their paw pads.

*Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.

*A cat will spend nearly 30 percent of its life grooming and will average 16 hours of sleep a day.

*In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. And thanks to a layer of extra reflecting cells in their eyes, cats can see six times better than we do at night.

*A cat in a hurry can sprint about 31 miles an hour, which is one of the best defense mechanisms around.

Cats are amazing and make wonderful companions that will entertain you, enhance your quality of life, and exceed all your expectations. As Charles Dickens said, “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

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