With a donation, a Nanaimo nonprofit veterinary clinic can help relieve clients’ stress if their “fur babies” go missing.
Helping Paws, which provides basic veterinary services and minor medical procedures to pets in low-income households, recently received 500 microchip IDs, worth nearly $6,300, from BC Pet Registry created by the BC SPCA.
The free clinic hours held earlier this month were the second opportunity for Helping Paws to be able to offer microchips to its clients since the donation.
“They’re definitely not all sold out,” said Courtenay Large, founder of Helping Paws. “We still have a lot left.”
Helping Paws, which officially celebrated its third anniversary on May 19, has served just under 500 customers – many of whom, however, have been regular visitors since the organization was founded.
“Often we see between 30 and 60 pets within two hours of our clinic,” Large said.
Although the British Columbia Pet Registry generally requires a registration fee, Helping Paws customers will receive lifetime registration free of charge.
According to Large, microchipping is quickly becoming the preferred method of animal identification over traditional tattooing.
“Much of the province, based on the guidelines of the College of Veterinarians of BC, has moved away from tattooing now,” she said, adding that some clinics consider tattooing borderline. ethics because of the supposed pain caused to the animal. “And [with microchips]it never fades.
Customers interested in a free microchip are encouraged to contact the Helping Paws Facebook page to make arrangements.
The next clinic hours are scheduled for June 23 at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church.
Services also offered by the organization include health checks, basic care, flea prevention and nail trimming. Anyone interested in using the Services can monitor the organization’s Facebook page for updates.