Why everyone should microchip their petsBy: McKensee Shakespeare-ThomasFor Pets Best InsuranceBefore I began working for a...
Bailey is doing great, although sadly, my sister is still not in a position where she can keep her.But we’re just happy sh...
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Everyone should microchip their pets

  1. 1. Why everyone should microchip their petsBy: McKensee Shakespeare-ThomasFor Pets Best InsuranceBefore I began working for a pet healthinsurance company, just over a year ago,my sister became one of the manyunfortunate victims of the economy. Herhusband lost his job and her child endedup with some very expensive medicalissues; subsequently, they lost their home.Although they were fortunate to find afamily member to move in with, my sisterwas unable to take her two Shih Tzus totheir new living situation.Heartbroken, she posted them onCraigslist, hoping to find a new lovinghome. Shortly after, a “very nice” family came to visit the dogs and it seemed like a perfect fit.Feeling reassured by this familiy’s expressed commitment to the two dogs, my sister gave themaway at no cost to the new owners.Two weeks later as I was perusing Craigslist, I found a listing for two Shih Tzus with an askingprice of $500. Upon further investigation, I realized the dogs were actually my sister’s and the“nice family” was actually making a profit by selling dogs they got for free. When I told her, mysister contacted the family and requested her dogs back so she could re-home them. They toldher if she wanted them back, it would cost her $500.Because the Nampa authorities wouldn’t intervene, my sister was unable to get them back andhad no way of knowing what happened to her former dogs. Additionally, through outreach onCraigslist, we found out this was a habitual scam operated by the “nice family.” Eight otherpeople contacted my sister indicating this very same family had done this to their pets as well–they were basically flipping the animals for cash.About two months later a stranger found the male Shih Tzu, Chester, in field emaciated and withmultiple leg fractures. Thankfully they called the Humane Society. Because Chester had amicrochip, my sister was contacted and ended up paying for the fracture repair and was able tore-homed him to an awesome family. But unfortunately, Bailey – the female was nowhere to befound, that is, until just recently (almost 12 months later!) Both animals were returned to mysister only because they had microchips.Pet insurance plans are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company. SS-ART3-0212-IAIC/AICC
  2. 2. Bailey is doing great, although sadly, my sister is still not in a position where she can keep her.But we’re just happy she’s safe and with a new family who loves her. I cannot reiterate theimportance of having identification on your pets– whether it’s in the form of an ID tag or amicrochip.For more information of pet health and safety, or to learn more about pet insurance, visit PetsBest Insurance.*Pets Best Insurance does not cover the cost of microchips. Pet insurance plans are underwritten byIndependence American Insurance Company. SS-ART3-0212-IAIC/AICC

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