American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has announced a new program this summer to support the increased identification of Maine's pet cats. Cat owners residing in the state and interested in participating can submit a simple form by August 31, 2021, to receive assistance in helping offset the costs of microchipping their pet.
ABC has recognized cat identification as an overlooked practice among Maine's cats. This new program could help reunite lost cats with their owners, which will benefit not only cats and their human companions but also birds and other wildlife that might otherwise be at risk from stray or feral cats roaming the landscape.
Research has shown that microchips can significantly increase the recovery rate of lost cats, and use of microchips for pet identification is recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Despite these benefits, a 2020 survey of over 700 Maine residents conducted by ABC indicated that only 26 percent of households microchipped all their pet cats, with an additional 7% of households microchipping some, but not all, of their pet cats.
“We're excited to be able to offer this opportunity to Maine's cat owners,” said Grant Sizemore, who runs ABC's Cats Indoors program. “Microchips are a safe and effective way to recover lost pets that too few of Maine's cat owners currently utilize. Through this reimbursement program, cats, birds, and people will all benefit.”
American Bird Conservancy hopes to support the purchase of over 1,000 new microchips during the summer of 2021.
For more information on American Bird Conservancy's efforts to keep cats and birds safe, see the Cats Indoors program's Solutions for Pet Cats.
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