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Rotary donates money to shelter for chip scanners

June 04, 2011

The Hagerstown Rotary Foundation Inc. recently awarded a grant of $666 to the Humane Society of Washington County. The money will be used to purchase two of three microchip scanners for each of the field service officers' vehicles.

Microchip scanners are used to identify a lost or stray microchipped- animal and can expedite the return of that animal to its owner. The advantages of microchips are widely recognized and many county residents have had them implanted in their pet.

"Not only do we microchip all adopted animals and offer them at our rabies clinics, but we have seen a marked increase in the number of Washington County residents that have had microchips implanted in their pets over the past few years," said Paul Miller, shelter director.

"These scanners we will be purchasing, thanks to the Rotary Foundation's grant, will enable us to verify whether an animal has a microchip and will enable us to quickly return those pets to their families." Microchips are available at veterinarians' offices and at the shelter's rabies and microchip clinics offered during the year.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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