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  • PACC offering free microchips through July 3

    Jun 20, 2018 | Read More News
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    PACC petsStarting immediately and lasting through July 3, Pima Animal Care Center is offering free microchips for pets to help owners easily reunite with them in the event they escape, become lost or get stolen. 

    Community members interested in taking advantage of this free service can visit PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, any day between 3 and 5 p.m. Microchipping will take place inside PACC’s multi-purpose room, located right off the main parking lot. All pets welcome and no appointment needed. Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers. 

    By offering this free service and educating the community, PACC officials hope to reunite more stray pets with their owners and reduce the number of lost pets who end up at PACC’s shelter, particularly around the Fourth of July. Every year around this time, PACC gets slammed with hundreds of stray pets who became scared and lost at the sound of fireworks. In 2017, between July 4 –8, PACC took in about 170 strays and of those, fewer than 30 were returned to owner.

    “If you do only one thing to protect your pet,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Get it a microchip and make sure the information on your chip is up-to-date.” 

    So, how does microchipping work? When the pet gets microchipped, the owner will receive instructions to add their contact information with the microchip company. Should the pet become lost and end up at PACC, a vet’s office, or some other place that has the capability to scan the pet, the registered owner will receive a notification advising the pet has been found.
     
    This free microchipping service falls in line with PACC’s initiative to build a comprehensive engagement program that provides community members with resources to keep their pets.

    For additional information on microchipping and other community resources provided by PACC, please visit the shelter’s Facebook page or call the Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222.