According to HomeAgain, 6 to 8 million pets enter shelters throughout the U.S. each year. Many are lost family pets. 1 in 3 family pets will get lost and without I.D., 90% of lost pets will not return home. On Vashon alone, VIPP took in nearly 30 strays with no identification last year. Lost dogs are twice as likely and cats are 20 times more likely to be found if they're microchipped.

A microchip is the only form of pet identification that is permanent, with a unique number that cannot fall off, be altered or be removed. Extensive testing and long-term use have shown that microchips are a safe and permanent method of identification for pets.

VIPP partners with Fair Isle Animal Clinic to offer low-cost microchips to all members of the community.

A $10 (a $50 value) microchip that is registered and kept up to date with the owners' details gives lost pets the best chance of returning home if they go lost or missing. Call Fair Isle Animal Clinic at (206) 463-3607 to make an appointment today.

Cute tabby cat watching you.

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