Town Shelter Offers Free Microchips For Pets

Supervisor Bosworth with a pooch from the town’s Animal Shelter.
Supervisor Bosworth with a pooch from the town’s Animal Shelter.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the North Hempstead Animal Shelter, cosponsored by the shelter’s nonprofit partner The Shelter Connection, will be offering free microchips to dogs and cats of town residents through the town’s second Pet Microchip Clinic.

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 skin of the pet. This is a service performed for all dogs that are adopted from the town’s Animal Shelter.

“Having dogs and cats microchipped is a great benefit for pet owners,” Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “This free service will give them the peace of mind that if their pet is ever lost, they will still be able to identify them.”

All participants of the clinic will leave with information from PetLink, a tag and a microchip identification card with the chip number. In order for their pets to be microchipped, dog owners must have a valid license at the time of registration and cat owners must show proof of a current rabies vaccination certificate (tags alone will not be accepted as proof). All microchips will be administered by a licensed veterinarian and/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.

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