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Microchip could reunite lost pet and owner in minutes

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Losing a pet, it's something a pet owner hopes never happens but can when he or she least expects it, but a microchip could lead to an owner's reunion in minutes.

Earnest was lost for over two years before appearing on WAND's Radar's Friends.

"Lo and behold the family just happened to be watching," said J.R. Baird, Adoption Coordinator at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center. "As soon as his wife came in, uh, we knew had the right cat."

The right cat going to the right owner because Earnest was almost adopted by another family.

"We're talking a matter of minutes really until between the kitty going to his rightful owner and going to a new home," Baird said.

The same amount of time it could take to reunite a lost pet with his owner if it has a microchip in it.

"It's a more reliable identification than tags," said Roy Austin Chief Warden for Animal Control. "Dogs often lose them."

Any animal can get a microchip and the process of getting one is quick and easy.

"You pull up a little slack, insert the needle a few centimeters, one push with the needle and it's done," Baird said.  "It takes seconds to take care of."

And to identify the animal, "it's very quick.  The microchip is directly underneath the skin. It comes up with its own number and, uh, it's that simple and that easy," Baird explained.

"A microchip is obviously the best way we have of saying we know who this dog is we know where it belongs," Austin said.

Because once it's registered, the pet is linked to the owner, and it all comes at an affordable price.

"Essentially getting a microchip placed and getting it registered costs you a large bag of dog food," Baird said. "It's safe, it's secure and it should be good for a lifetime."

A lifetime that should be spent with the right owner. There's a risk of infection at the site of implantation but keep it clean, and there shouldn't be a problem.

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