Free Microchipping for Pets Available at February Events in Arlington
By Carol Weemes, Arlington Animal Services
Posted on February 12, 2020, February 12, 2020

February is Responsible Pet Ownership month. To encourage microchipping of pets, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) will provide the first 10 pets of Arlington residents a free microchip at each of their Arlington events during the month of February 2020.

February is Responsible Pet Ownership month. To encourage microchipping of pets, 10 free microchips will be provided for the first 10 pets of Arlington residents by Animal Services, with chips made possible by 24PetWatch, to be administered by the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) at events this month.

Microchips can save a pet’s life! Dogs and cats that are microchipped have a much higher chance of being reunited with their pet parent when they become lost. Pet collars with tags can be missing from an animal, but a tiny microchip helps ensure the pet owners information is safe in the sad occurrence of a pet being separated from its family.

In some instances, microchips enable pets to be reunited with their owner even when much time and distance has separated them from each other. One example is that of former City of Arlington employee, Anna Poland, who received a surprising call that her cat had been found 850 miles away in Durango, Colorado after being missing for three months. Their happy reunion was made possible by a microchip.

Three times a month, each month, TCAP provides low-cost veterinarian services at Arlington Animal Services, located at 1000 SE Green Oaks Boulevard, 76018.

The two remaining TCAP special microchip event dates are Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. Events are held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Only the first 10 Arlington pets in attendance needing a microchip will receive one free at these special events.

Other resources for locating a lost pet, or reporting a found pet, is through the Lost and Found Pets website. Visit Arlington’s stray pet website or visit the shelter in person to help locate a missing pet.

An important part of being a responsible pet owner is microchipping your pet and keeping the owner contact information current. It can make all the difference in achieving a happy outcome for you and your pet.

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