RED BANK, NJ – Spreading information about the importance of microchipping your pet to keep pets safe and families together has been the focus of my Girl Scout Silver Award project.  This award is the second highest honor that can be achieved by a Girl Scout and the highest award at the Cadette level.  It requires detailed plans and activities encompassing over 50 hours of service to the community to educate the public about your project.  I am proud to represent my East Brunswick Cadette Troop 80084 and all Girl Scouts with my work.

I became interested in this project after my family adopted our dog, Charlie from the Woodbridge Animal Shelter.  He was found roaming the streets of a nearby town but did not have a microchip or any other identification. We fostered him for a month in case his first family was trying to find him.  When they did not, we adopted him and had him micro-chipped immediately.  I can't even imagine how horrible it would be if he got lost and there was not a way to identify him as part of our family and get him back home.

After we adopted Charlie, I began seeing so many advertisements on social media from pet owners whose dogs or cats were lost.  They were all extremely upset, and many did not find their pets.  The people who were reunited with their pets usually had pets that were microchipped.  It made me realize that many people didn't have the correct information about the benefits of implanting a microchip in their pet and decided that I wanted to try to get more people on board with the idea of doing it.  

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I started by creating educational handouts and materials.  I wanted people to realize that microchipping increases the return rate of lost dogs by 25 times and cats over 20 times.  A scannable number is embedded in a small glass coated RFI that links to your contact information which is held securely by a microchipping service.

I have spent most of the past year working with a variety of rescues and shelters to spread my message and have participated in many pet orientated events and feel fortunate to have helped educate many pet owners who then decided to microchip their pets.

It was after meeting Suzanne Viscomi from The Red Bank Animal Welfare Committee at another event, I was beyond excited and honored when I was asked to participate in their Red Bank Dog Days Event on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Marine Park from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.   

The pop band The Wag will be playing and there will be a fee for a lure course (a maze like course that uses a lure to attract dogs around it, providing fun and exercise for the dog), contests and many vendors and pet related booths to visit.

I will have a table where I will provide education about microchipping.

I am partnering with Theresa Spataro from the Central Jersey Animal Shelter who will offer microchipping services for an affordable fee: $20 cash or $25 for credit cards.  It’s going to be a fabulous night for dogs and their owners!

The rain date is July 1, 2019.

A second Dog Days event will be held on August 12, 2019.  

Please stop by my table to say hi and to learn more about my project.  I hope to see you there!

To watch a short, cool video of Dog Days, courtsey of Suzanne Viscomi, click HERE.

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