Does Your Pet Know Your Name & Address?
Low-Cost Microchip Clinic at the ASC
July 24, 2013
This Saturday, the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (ASC), in partnership with the Animal Shelter Foundation will host a low-cost Microchip Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes a microchip, registration and engraved ID tag.
A few minutes of your time can help save your pet's life. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between the animal's shoulder blades. The implantation procedure takes only a few seconds and is relatively painless to the animal. Once a lost pet arrives at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, a handheld scanner is used to identify the unique number on the implanted microchip and the owner is quickly identified and contacted.
"Our goal is to reunite as many pets with their owners as we can," said Erika Leckington, Director at the Animal Service Center. "This clinic offers pet owners an affordable and reliable way to help ensure their lost pet returns home again.”
Local law requires all free-roaming outdoor cats to be permanently identified with a microchip. Pets must be at least two months old to be microchipped. At the clinic, animals must be in a pet carrier or on a leash.
The Animal Service Center, located adjacent to Tom Brown Park at 1125 Easterwood Drive, is operated and maintained by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information on the ASC and to view animals that are currently available for adoption, please visit Talgov.com/animals. You can also keep up-to-date by liking the Animal Service Center’s Facebook page or following @COTAnimals on Twitter.
Erika Leckington, Animal Service Center, 891-2959; or Carrie Poole, Department of Communications, 891-8533