What is a microchip?


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Happy Monday CHS Supporters!

All month long we have been celebrating an amazing team here at the shelter – our animal admissions team! We’ve been talking about the importance of microchipping your pets, and today we’re here to answer all YOUR questions about microchips!

What is a microchip?

A microchip is also called an “identifying integrated circuit” – it is a small chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that will bring up a specific number when scanned by the proper type of scanner. Microchips use radio frequency identification technology to communicate with microchip scanners. The ‘chip’ of the microchip is surrounded by glass so your animal is never in contact with the actual ‘chip’.

Vet clinics, animal shelters and municipal animal control facilities usually have scanners capable of reading microchips. When the chip is scanned, the number is matched in a database to determine the owner’s contact information so the pet can be returned. (more…)

Who ya gonna call?

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In 2014 our animal admissions department took in a total of 1,987 stray animals, and a huge thank you goes out to the eagle eyed public who brought them to us. But do you know what to do if you find a stray animal? In honour of animal admissions month, we’ve created an easy-to-follow flow chart to help you keep all the animals safe, by making sure they end up in the right hands.

I found a pet! Can I keep it?

found a pet keep itHello CHS Supporters! We hope you are all enjoying the spring blooms and green grass. Here at CHS, our dog walkers and dogs are busy soaking up all the sun they can!

Today on the blog, we answer the age old question: I found a pet! Can I keep it?

In our admissions department at Calgary Humane Society one very common question that our staff hear is whether or not someone can keep a stray pet that was found outside. Often those calling in are animal lovers who have found an affectionate animal that does not appear to have a collar or other identification, leading them to wonder if this animal has a home, or if they need one.

We love that so many animal lovers are looking to take in homeless pets, but keeping a pet that you found outside can create some complicated situations. But never fear! We’re bringing you the solutions right now! (more…)

Preparing for the worst: Storing your pet’s information.



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Good morning CHS supporters!

Today on the blog, we’re bringing you some important information that we hope you’ll never need. Spring always marks an increase in the number of lost reports received by our animal admissions team and today we are bringing you the inside scoop on the kind of information you will want to store in a safe place in the event your pet goes missing. (more…)