Pet Bulletin: Get a chip, save a pet

Gloria J. Towle, Special to The County
10 months ago

Most of you have probably heard of our exciting news to build a new shelter.  We have been busy fundraising for about seven months, and have been doing very well.  We hosted the Toast to the Animals, Jordan’s Way three-hour live event, we are continuing a letter campaign to individuals and businesses and have been very busy searching and applying for grant monies. 

Maine’s Animal Coalition has been very kind to start a GoFundMe page to bring awareness all over the state. If all goes well, we will be breaking ground this fall.  Good things are happening for our little shelter and we are certainly excited to share some great news and keep you updated on our new building project.

A “happy birthday” shout-out to Sawyer, age 6, and Caden, 1, for their recent act of kindness. They had a birthday celebration, but instead of gifts they chose to donate to the Central Aroostook Humane Society.  They delivered just the right items and we are certain the animals will enjoy all the food, treats, toys and supplies.  

They were also excited to give a generous $150 donation toward our new building fund. Such thoughtfulness and it is so very appreciated.

If you follow the Central Aroostook Humane Society Facebook page, you will see that there have been so many lost or missing pets, mostly dogs that have wandered off. Many thankfully have been found by good Samaritans and brought into the shelter.  

We certainly do appreciate the thousands of followers who share our posts and this truly does help get the word out, either if a pet has gone missing or has been found.  It is a happy day when owners show up and are excited and grateful to be reunited with their fur babies.

One option that would greatly help in finding owners of lost pets is to have your animal microchipped.  It is a simple procedure that could make all the difference. The microchip is an electronic device about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted under your pet’s skin and can be read by a scanner that pulls up your identification information.  It is extremely important to keep your contact information up to date. Be sure to change your information on file with the microchip if you have a change in address or phone number.  

The Central Aroostook Humane Society does have a chip reader, so getting you and your pet back together can happen very quickly.

Stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society at 24 Cross St. in Presque Isle. We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and close for lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Also check out our Facebook page. 

Please be responsible: spay and neuter your pets. 

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society board of directors.