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Every cat and dog adopted from the ASPCA and New York City Animal Care and Control has one thing in common: they’ve all been microchipped.
That’s because those organizations know firsthand what can happen when dogs and cats are lost or separated from their owners. Collars and tags can come off or be taken off. If those are an animal’s only means of identification, that pet is in big trouble.
“Every year, thousands of lost animals come in to AC&C and many aren’t claimed by their owners because the pet can’t be identified,” said Richard Gentles, director of administrative services.
Gentles believes that microchipping is “absolutely necessary.”
“It’s the only truly permanent method of identifying your animal if it ends up lost or in a shelter,” he said. “It helps ensure their safe return.”

The writer’s dog, Benton, gets microchipped. Photo By: Jane Warshaw

The writer’s dog, Benton, gets microchipped. Photo By: Jane Warshaw

Microchipping entails embedding a small chip, the size of a grain of rice, in the pet’s skin. The chip is encoded with a unique identification code that can be read by a scanner at a vet’s office or animal shelter. The chip is designed not to move around in the pet’s body and has a number that will reveal the owner’s name and phone number.
Candace Roediger, veterinary technician at the Murray Hill Pet Hospital, said the implantation process is as quick as a vaccine.
“With a caring pet owner and a calm pet, it takes just a few minutes,” Roediger said. “The chip is placed just under the skin between the shoulders using a needle just slightly larger than what’s used for a vaccine. It’s just a pinch. The pet may not feel anything.”
Then the owner submits paperwork that registers the chip, identifying the number of the chip with the owner.
The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals sponsors several low cost microchipping events throughout the city (Roediger does a lot of the microchipping). Since its first clinic in 2005, the alliance has microchipped more than 1,000 cats and dogs. Visit the organization’s website, www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org, for exact dates, times and locations.
The American Kennel Club also advocates microchipping and recommends the Home Again microchip. The club’s website says “the microchip has revolutionized the way owners can protect their .”
So why doesn’t everyone microchip their pets to protect them in case they’re lost or stolen? The most frequent answer is that they don’t think it will happen to them. Neither did all those people who put up “Lost Dog” or “Lost Cat” signs that can be found in every neighborhood.
Dogs break off their leashes. Owners or dog walkers drop leashes for a moment. A dog sees a squirrel and takes off. Storms, fires and other disasters can cause us to be separated from the animals we love. Emergency workers may rescue your pet, but if it has lost its collar or tags, how will be they able to contact you?
Roediger adds, “There is always a possibility of a cat escaping out an open door, a window or a carrier. There are also owners who walk their cats on a leash, and in that case it only takes one time of dropping the leash or a sudden noise to scare a cat away. The best reasons to microchip a cat: you can’t tame their curiosity! Take all precautions with felines.”
Dr. Tom DeVincentis, an East Side veterinarian, said, “Microchipping is a great idea, simply because tags come off.”
He sees another reason, too: “If someone had a Bichon Frisé or a Maltese who was in a shelter with a dozen others for a week, with all the stress the dogs are under, I doubt the owner would be able to pick out their own dog.”
Microchipping generally costs about $25, which includes a free listing in the Home Again database for life. That’s called the Basic Recovery System. It’s a one-time fee for implanting the chip, and you can keep your information up to date. (Call the number on your pet’s tag and they’ll send you a simple form.) The Active Recovery System has an additional annual fee of $14.95, and if your pet is missing, the company will produce flyers and get them out to neighborhood vets, local shelters and people who are active in pet finding.
Either way, the chip beats crying your eyes out and walking around your neighborhood night and day calling out for your lost pet.

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Lost and Found

Written by Amre Klimchak on . Posted in Posts.

Windsor for the Derby has traveled far from the abstract atmospherics and the mostly untitled ambient tracks of its first full-length record, 1996’s Calm Hades Float.

How We Lost, the band’s seventh album, released in May, is driven by a narrative, and though its title sounds defeatist, Dan Matz, one of the founders of WFTD, insists it’s anything but.

“It’s a celebration of how people survive from the things they have lost and how losing can be a positive,” Matz said during a break from a short European tour with dates in France and Spain.

How We Lost begins with “Let Go,” a song whose lyrics offer a salute to relinquishment: “Grab a hold of everything you know and let go/ Make a fast retreat from what follows/ Let go, let go.” And WFTD has not only let go of any attachment to maintaining a particular lineup but also has embraced an open approach to its musical direction. Though WFTD began as a largely instrumental post-rock outfit, the newest record finds the band leaving much of the “post” behind and moving steadily towards rock, incorporating more traditional verse-chorus-verse structures and experimenting less. In the dozen years since the group formed around Matz and Jason McNeely, both originally from Florida, WFTD has shifted its focus away from droning sparseness toward more exuberant pop.

“We met each other in junior high school in Tampa but were never a band there. I think I had to get out of Tampa in order to get anything creative done. There is a tremendous darkness there, and I think that’s why death metal is so big. I’ve moved around a bunch while Jason has mostly stayed rooted in Austin,” Matz said. “My seven years in Brooklyn saw me writing angular and dissonant love songs to nothing. I spent a few years in upstate New York and began focusing on more accessible pop sounds. Now I’ve been in Philly for a few years and those damn Gamble and Huff harmonies are slowly creeping in!”

Matz is referring to the Philadelphia soul pioneers and production team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and though How We Lost doesn’t sound like a soul record, it deftly demonstrates Matz’s affection for the craft of songwriting. While WFTD’s earliest albums were hypnotic and mesmerizing in their minimalism and repetition—and the vocals were sometimes seamlessly blended into layers of instrumentation—the dreamy vocals of How We Lost float on the surface. The lush “Maladies” reveals a pop bent with driving, upbeat percussion and jangling guitars, as does the shoegazey “What We Want,” with its delicate vocal harmonies atop a glittering wash of distortion. But the shimmering “Robin Robinette” and spare, echoing “Troubles” carry on the reflective mood of earlier records, which creates a sense of continuity with previous albums.

Matz and McNeely form the core of WFTD, and for this record, the lineup was fleshed out by Gianmarco Cilli, Charlie Hall and Matz’s wife, Anna Neighbor, along with a slew of guests, including members of the Philadelphia-based band The War on Drugs. They recorded in Matz’s home studio in Philadelphia, and because a vast distance divides Matz and McNeely, the process was arduous at times. In a post on the group’s blog, Matz mentioned that “it took us 3 years to get this record off,” and though the statement sounds like a lament, Matz said he’s grateful to be on a label, Secretly Canadian, that doesn’t rush him.

“Did I say ‘three years’ and ‘get this record off’? That sounds obscene,” Matz mused. “It took us a long time to complete the record because we have a great label [that] is not saying it has to be done by a certain date. It’s more important for us to have a complete record that we love than a record out by the Christmas holiday. I think it took a year and a half. It felt like five.”

But Matz’s new side project, The Silver Ages, a traditional men’s chorus that includes members of The Capitol Years, National Eye, The War on Drugs and Buried Beds, among others, and has backed Jens Lekman and Rogue Wave, may actually take more than five years to finish its first record, Matz said. “Charlie Hall, our drummer, had an idea to create a vocal group to work up some traditional harmonies. Most of the songs are from the turn of the last century, but we do throw in the occasional modern song,” Matz said. “It’s a very serious endeavor.  There are 12 people involved in getting some recording done, which takes some time—to get everyone’s schedules straight. If it took two of us [a year and a half] to complete How We Lost, you can do the math and figure out how long it’ll take twelve of us to complete something.”

Windsor for the Derby

Aug. 30, Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (at Ave. A), 212-260-4700; 7:30, $10. (Also Sept. 4 at Union Hall)