TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Almost Home Humane Society currently has 100 more stray animals than it did this time last year.
Almost Home is urging people to get their animals microchipped to help control the stray population in Greater Lafayette.
Getting a pet microchipped puts the owner's information in a national database so that missing pets can be returned to their owners.
Officials say having an animal with a microchip makes it easy to return them to their owner and being home is healthier for them.
"Having a home in a forever home is just a much better thing on an animal's health. You'll see a dog who is somewhat anxious go from being a really anxious and territorial dog to very relaxed just within a matter of weeks because they now know that this is my home and these are my people," said Justin Henry, Manager of Marketing and Development at Almost Home.
The process of getting your pet microchipped is pretty simple.
"It's not a medical procedure. You can walk into our lobby, we can put a microchip in the back of your dog and you can walk right on out. It's $20 if you're just coming in off the street and if you are claiming your dog or cat from us we reduce the cost to $15 to have it done right then and there," said Henry.
November is Senior Month at the shelter, all cats over the age of seven are free to adopt and all dogs over the age of seven are just $75.