in Nutley and the Bloomfield Animal Shelter hosted a microchipping clinic on Saturday that drew pets and owners from Bloomfield, Nutley and nearby communities.
Though the festive mood of the event made it feel like a social occasion, the purpose of the event was more serious safety precaution for pet owners. When an animal is microchipped -- a process that involves inserting a tiny computer chip under the animal’s skin -- the chip will be traceable if he/she ever gets lost.
“The animals’ owners can rest assured that if their animals are ever lost & then found, they will be reunited,” said Nancy Monaco D'Auria a volunteer at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter who was on hand at the event.
Dr. Laurie Heeb, a Veterinarian with People for Animals in Hillside New Jersey, administered the “HomeAgain” microchips. She was assisted by volunteer David Perez, also from People for Animals.
“Their calming and reassuring qualities kept the animals at ease, and in many cases surprised the owners with the effortlessness and quickness of the microchipping,” noted D’Auria.
. Capoochinos owner Linda Cubellis, an animal advocate and Nutley resident, told Patch in April, “We just love the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. I was always one for rescuing dogs. I offered our place as a place they could use to raise money for the shelter.
Cubellis and co-owner Cathy Miller also offer CPR and pet glucose monitoring, dog-training classes and dog grooming instruction.
“Many thanks to Linda Cubellis for opening her doors on her day off and hosting for us,” said D-Auria. “We had a terrific turnout. An assortment of cats, kittens, dogs & puppies, and over 25 people stopped by to say hello and be chipped, many with animals who've been adopted from our shelter.”
Outside the “Grooming Galleria,” several fundraising volunteers from the shelter greeted people and flagged down passing cars seeking donations for the NTNN Animal Support Fund, which aids sick and injured animals at the shelter.
Another microchipping event will be held Saturday, September 8 at the annual "Sound for the Hounds" Puppy Mill Awareness Concert in Brookdale Park.
More information can be found on the Bloomfield Animal Shelter Facebook page.
See also information on the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner, "Pasta For Peep," which will benefit A Purrfect World, a non-profit organization that educates/assists shelters and communities in the care of stray and unwanted cats.
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