Animal Services hosts free microchip clinic June 21

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Winnebago County Animal Services (WCAS) is hosting a free microchip clinic at 4517 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 21. The free microchips are limited to the first 50 cats and first 50 dogs and one pet per household. Additional microchips will be available at $15 each; cash payment only. The free microchips also include a free registration with the microchip manufacturer and Animal Services.

Pet owners must be a resident of Winnebago County and provide a state-issued photo ID with their current address. Pet owners are required to bring proof of a current rabies vaccination and Winnebago County rabies tag, especially if you recently had the services done. The pet must be registered in the owner’s name at the same address that appears on the owner’s photo ID.

A microchip is a permanent form of identification about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin of the cat or dog. Shelters in Illinois are required to scan all lost cats and dogs when impounded and before they are adopted or euthanized. Other shelters and veterinary clinics also have scanners available and can scan a lost pet. A universal scanner is required when scanning a lost pet to detect microchips from the different manufacturers.

Having a microchip can help your pet get back home faster and may cost you less to reclaim it. The microchip is linked to the pet owner’s address and phone number, so it’s important to have a current address and phone number on file with Animal Services, your veterinary clinic and the microchip manufacturer.

This microchip clinic is sponsored, in part, by Lost Dogs Illinois, which is providing free microchips for the dogs.

WCAS encourages all pet owners to visit the shelter if they’ve lost a pet. For more about lost pets, visit and click on the “Lost and Found” link.

Posted June 18, 2014

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