The Flathead County Animal Shelter has received a grant from the ASPCA that will be used to fund two new microchip scanners.
The scanners will give the county's animal control officers the ability to scan stray animals and link their information through their vehicles' on-board computers. The current scanners the officers use don't always properly scan the different brands of microchips that animals could have.
Shelter employees tell us scanners are very effective at returning animals to their owners.
"Last month we had 5 dogs that were returned and they were only in the shelter for 24 hours, not even that," said Becky Reisinger, "because they were microchipped. And we were able to get a hold of the owner and they were really happy to get their dog in such a short time period. It's a win-win for both the animal and the owner."