Sunshine the rescue dog encourages micro-chipping

Micro-chipping and keeping pets safe

SAN ANTONIO -- Thousands of dogs roam the streets every day. Many suffer unfortunate fates, but one lucky dog found a forever home months ago.

Sunshine is 6 years old and a mixed breed. It's hard to believe that just over a year ago she was found under a house on the city's south side, close to starving to death. Now, she is a San Antonio success story.

"I think she likes all of you equally. She already loves each and every one of you," said adopted mother Shawna Gerling.

"She had big sores on her hips, on her legs. She had cuts, bruises, scrapes, all kinds of different skin issues. She was a completely skin dog," said Jennifer Rodriguez of Pause For Paws.

She didn't have any spirit either.

"She didn't know what to do with toys. She really didn't play tug-of-war," Gerling said.

That's hardly the case now.

"She's really nice and she's playful and sometimes can be kind of wild," Luke Gerling said.

"She's a very good runner very playful," Caden Gerling said.

Sunshine is micro-chipped, and Animal Care Services says that they want every dog and cat micro-chipped as well. So Friday, they held Microchip Mania at the Bode Community Center. Free micro-chipping for anyone. It's especially important for what's called "roaming pets."

"[Roaming pets are] animals that are owned but, for whatever reason, are allowed to roam or allowed to run around the neighborhood, who get out of the gates, who get out of fences, that are not in good repair," said Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services.

If you missed Friday's Microchip Mania, you can take your pet to ACS to get them micro-chipped for free any day of the week. All you need is your pet, of course, and a valid ID.

(© 2016 KENS)


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