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posted: 7/18/2011 1:00 AM

Anderon Animal Shelter holds microchip benefit

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Submitted by Anderson Animal Shelter

Anderson Animal Shelter is hosting a microchip event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the shelter, 1000 S. LaFox, South Elgin.

A donation is requested to offset the cost of the microchip and to help Anderson Animal Shelter continue to offer these public programs.

Millions of dogs and cats become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Microchipping is a simple and effective way to make sure that your pet can be easily identified should you become separated. A small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the loose skin on the back of your pet's neck. This microchip, which has a unique identification number, remains a permanent means of identification of your pet. This provides your pet with a secure proof of identity, unlike collar tags, which can get lost or be taken off. Your pet is registered on a national database, and a handheld scanner used at the nearest animal shelter, animal control facility or veterinary clinic can easily read the chip when your pet is found and you will be reunited.

Please note that all dogs must be leashed and all cats in carriers.

Call (847) 697-2880, ext. 28 to schedule an appointment or with any questions. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Cat/kitten special: In an effort to find homes for as many shelter cats and kittens as possible during the month of July, the cat adoption fee will be reduced to $100. It's usually $155. Cats age 7 and older, are always $50.

All adoptions include spay/neuter, annual vaccinations, microchip identification, feline leukemia/FIV testing, deworming, collar and ID tag and carrying case. Visit or call (847) 697-2880, ext. 28 or 22 for more information.

Kids-N-Kritters: Anderson Animal Shelter is taking registration for the 2011 Kids-N-Kritters Program, which is for children ages 9-12. The educational program for kids involves direct interaction with the animals in two-hour sessions, crafts, games and other activities.

Children taught animal care and animal related issues. The cost per child is $5 per session. In August, the topic will be "It's Raining Cats & Dogs! Pet Overpopulation," followed in September by "Fun For Fluffy & Fido! Pet Enrichment and Nutrition." In October, the topic will be "Scary Animal Myths" followed in November by "Shop 'Till You Drop (For Your Pets!)," and wrapping up the year in December with a "Holiday Toy Workshop."

For more information, or to register your child, contact Christin Pistorius, director of humane education, at or (847) 697-2880, ext. 51.

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