Microchips and secured backyards help prevent lost pets over holiday

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The 4th of July weekend is one of the busiest times for humane societies around the country. Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to safeguard your pet and can help reunite you with them if they are ever lost.

It's important to understand how the chip works and to know that it is not a GPS device. You can get your pet microchipped at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society for only $20.This fee includes local registration and the first year of national registration.

Hot weather and fireworks are the reason humane societies get filled up this time of year. Animal Control officer Missy John spoke with KSFY last year and she says the uptick in animals on the loose is mainly because fireworks frighten many pets.

She says the best way to make sure your pet is safe is to make sure your back yard is secure.

"Pets can easily jump chain linked fences, and some can even jump over 6 feet cedar fences. You are always taking a risk when you leave a pet unattended," she said.

The Sioux Falls Humane Society is closed July 4, but again, it does offer microchips for only $20.

More information on how microchips work:

Microchips are passive, meaning that they do not need a battery to work. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under your pet's skin – like getting an injection. Although tracking information is not available from a microchip and we cannot tell exactly where a pet is located, if found, it is standard procedure nationwide for veterinarians, animal shelters, humane societies and animal control agencies to scan pets for microchips in the hopes of finding an owner's contact information through the microchip's online registration.

Microchipping is the only form of permanent, unalterable, unique identification that an owner can provide for a pet. Give your pet a silent voice for the times when he or she is unable to speak for themselves.