Lost dog inspires free microchip event

Maisy the Beagle was reunited with her owners after being lost for 6 years. She is now the "poster dog" for getting your pet micro-chipped.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- When Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley heard the story of Maisy the beagle’s reunion with her family thanks to a microchip, the company was inspired to make a personal and community impact with gifts to the Helland family and Young-Williams Animal Center.

Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley will sponsor Maisy Microchip Day on Saturday, April 12, from noon-3 p.m. at the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill. The first 50 microchips will be free, and then pets can receive microchips for $10 until 3 p.m.

“Microchipping is the sole reason Maisy was reunited with her family,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are thankful that Invisible Fence recognizes the importance of microchips, and we encourage all Knoxville-area pet owners to take advantage of Maisy Microchip Day. If your dog or cat is ever lost, a microchip can help bring your furry family member home to you.”

The April 12 Maisy Microchip Day also kicks off National Pet ID Awareness Week, which promotes the use of microchips and identification tags for all pets. Young-Williams Animal Center encourages all community pet owners to take advantage of the event and microchip their dogs and cats in case they are ever lost.

Lost and stray animals that are picked up by the Animal Control, as well as those found by concerned citizens, are brought to Young-Williams Animal Center as the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The staff scans each animal for a microchip, and it’s important that pet owners keep their contact information for the microchips up-to-date so they can be reached quickly.

Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley also gave the Helland family a containment fence, which will help keep their dogs, Maisy and Cooper, close to home. The staff plans to install the fence and train the Helland family pets as soon as schedules allow.

“We are continually grateful to Young-Williams Animal Center for reuniting us with Maisy,” Chad Helland said. “We also thank Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley for helping us keep our dogs safe in our yard and for sponsoring Maisy Microchip Day to help families find lost pets.”


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