Many of those families can't locate or prove that animals are theirs. That is a worrisome thing for us!
I checked out microchipping the animals. It costs $25 or more to have a veterinarian do it. If we want to do it ourselves we have to order the supplies in bulk. That would bring the cost of the microchips down to $9 an animal. But we would have to buy 100 microchips.
The next best thing is to put dog tags on. Actually, I think the dog tags are probably the smartest way to go since people don't automatically assume that a farm animal, like a goat, would have a microchip.
I found a great site online called Love Your Pet. I ordered 9 tags for $30 including shipping. I placed my order on a Friday afternoon and the tags arrived on Wednesday, only 5 days later!
I was able to put the animal's name, our family name, our phone number, our veterinarian's name, and his phone number on the tags. There was one more line that I didn't use, I guess I could have put "Welcome Home Farm" on the other line, but I wasn't thinking about that. I was thinking about the most important information I could put on the tag so that the animals could be returned in an emergency.
|The tags came taped to a paper with the key rings to attach them to collars.|
|Annie sporting her new jewelry!|
|Rosie sporting her new jewelry!|
Just a little peace of mind and it only cost $30.