THUNDER BAY, ON ------ April 15, 2013 –--- The City of Thunder Bay Animal Services is encouraging all pet owners to protect their pets by participating in the upcoming Chip-a-thon on Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 3 pm at Animal Services Centre at 882 Alloy Place.
“Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case if they become lost,” said Jody Kondrat, Supervisor – Animal Services. “When a lost pet without an ID tag is found, our staff use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip, and if one is detected, the owner will be contacted”.
A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, and is placed just under the loose skin of a dog or cat at the back of the neck. The Chip-a-thon is hosted by Thunder Bay Animal Services, in cooperation with Friends of the Animals and veterinarians from Highview Animal Clinic, Meadows Animal Clinic, Northwestern Veterinary Hospital, Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital and Crossroads Veterinary Clinic. The event is another Responsible Pet Ownership initiative from the City of Thunder Bay Animal Services and the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society.
Full payment is necessary and must be made prior to Saturday, April 20 (Mastercard, Visa, direct debit or cash is accepted). There will also be 2013 pet licences available. If a pet qualifies for a life-time licence, pet owners are asked to provide a veterinary certificate as proof the animal has been spayed or neutered to obtain their tag.
Contact the Animal Services Centre at 684-2156 to book an appointment.