The microchip was crucial in helping reunite Smiley with his family, said Clark County Dog Shelter Manager Kat Stewart.
“We always push for dogs to have a microchip because it’s such a great secondary tool for owners,” Stewart said. “If their license falls off, at least they have a microchip in place in case their dog gets lost.”
A microchip is a permanent identification method used a help locate missing animals. The radio-frequency identification transponder — the size of a grain of rice — is inserted under the loose skin of their neck during a minimally invasive procedure.
When the microchip is scanned by a vet of dog shelter, it transmits the ID number, which includes owners contact information.
The Clark County Dog Shelter, 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield, offers microchip services year-round.
As a result of the reunion, the shelter is offering a special on microchip services through Wednesday; $20 for dog owners with a current dog license, $15 for those purchasing a new dog license, or $30 for those without proof of a current license.
For more information, contact the Clark County Dog Shelter at 937-521-2140.