Animal Shelter To Offer Free Microchips For Pets

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Supervisor Judi Bosworth with a pup from the town’s animal shelter.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth with a pup from the town’s animal shelter.

The North Hempstead Animal Shelter and its nonprofit partner, The Shelter Connection, will be offering free microchips to dogs and cats of North Hempstead residents through the Pet Microchip Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the animal shelter.

Microchipping allows dogs and cats to be electronically identified through a unique, permanent, tamper-proof identification number, increasing the odds of reuniting them with their owners if they are ever lost or stolen. A chip is as small as a grain of rice and is easily implanted under the pet’s skin. This is a service performed for all dogs that are adopted from the town’s animal shelter.

“We are proud to once again offer this free microchipping service to our residents,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “By having dogs and cats microchipped, it will give owners peace of mind and allow their pet to be identified if they are ever lost.”

All participants of the clinic will leave with information from PetLink, a tag and microchip identification card with the chip number. In order to be microchipped, all dog owners must have a valid license when registering and cat owners must show a current rabies vaccination certificate—tags alone will not be accepted. All microchips will be administered by a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician.

The North Hempstead Animal Shelter is located at 75 Marino Ave. in Port Washington. Microchips are limited, so preregistration is required. Call 311 or 516-869-6311 to reserve your spot today.

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