Animal Care and Control hosts pet-microchipping clinic Sunday

December 12, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Dec. 12, 2009

Pet owners can receive a deep discount on identification microchips during a Sunday clinic at the county-run Kent Animal Shelter.

Have cats and dogs microchipped for $20. Payment will be accepted only in cash and local checks. The clinic runs from 1-3 p.m.

Bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier to the shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S. Animals not on a leash or in a carrier will not be eligible to receive a microchip.

Veterinarians from Seattle King County Veterinary Medical Association partnered with King County Animal Care and Control for the event.

The animal control agency urged pet owners to have cats and dogs microchipped in case the animals are lost during Green River floods or other natural disasters.

“With winter upon us, the likelihood of storms and flooding is very high and pet owners should make sure they’re prepared now, in case their pet gets lost or their license tags come off,” King County Animal Care and Control Interim Manager Nancy McKenney said in a news release. “Microchipping your animal is the best way to make sure that they are returned.”

Microchips are small electronic devices about the size of a grain of rice that are implanted under the skin of a licensed pet. The device stores a number that can be traced back to the owner’s contact information if the animal is ever lost and recovered.

Animal Care and Control officers pass a small handheld scanner over the chip, read the information and contact the owner. Pet owners can change the name and contact information associated with that microchip over the life of the pet as they move or change phone numbers to ensure the contact information is always up to date.

Learn more about the microchipping clinic, and view a list of available cats and dogs, here.

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