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Wausau makes pets safer with vaccines and micro-chippingSubmitted: 12/03/2016

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WAUSAU - Pets add laughter, joy and tons of entertainment to the families they join. 

If those pets go missing it's an experience no family wants to go through. 

One woman in Wausau is making a difference for the pets and families in her community.

"I wanted to be the voice for the animals, because there aren't that many people that are like that out there," said Wausau Human Officer Ashlee Bishop.

Bishop started making a difference when she began working at the humane society when she was just fifteen years old. 

Last year she started the pet vaccine and micro-chipping event, to make sure animals in her hometown were healthy and safe.

"I have so many people that are thankful because their animals are home for the holidays," said Bishop.

The Humane Society says that one in three pets will get lost during its lifetime.

 The $10 microchips provided at the event increase the chances of lost pets being brought home.


 "Everybody loves their animals," said Wausau veterinarian Rebecca Myszka. 

"They are like family not just animals to them." 

Myszka became a vet after growing up on a farm in Wausau. 

Since the event started in 2015, about 800 animals have been vaccinated and micro-chipped.

"It's been great to be able to help that many animals," said Myszka. "It's amazing."

Helping so many animals sometimes makes Myszka and Bishop feel closer to the pets, than their human owners.

"I tend to know the animals names better than the people's names," said Bishop. 

"That's just the bond I have."

It's a bond that keeps Bishop going with each vaccine and microchip.

"[I do it to]bring safety to the animals of my community," said Bishop.

The vaccine licensing and micro-chipping event will be held again in February.

For more information on microchip registration click the link below. 


Story By: Phylicia Ashley

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