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Low-cost microchipping service offered in Sugar Land on Sept. 29

September 25, 2018

Katy Community ’Chip Clinic (KCCC), a local non-profit, volunteer-run organization, is pleased to announce its next event, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Paw Envy Pet Care in Sugar Land. KCCC offers $10 microchipping for pets with free lifetime registration.

Paw Envy Pet Care is located at 5022 Highway 90A, Ste J, Sugar Land, Texas 77498.

Not only is microchipping an easy safety precaution for pet owners to invest in, but lost pets with registered microchips are more quickly returned to their families without placing undue burden to neighbors, veterinarians, law enforcement officers or shelter systems.

What is a microchip? A microchip is a rice-sized transponder that is injected between a pet’s shoulder blades with a needle. When getting ’chipped, most animals don’t notice any difference from when receiving yearly vaccinations. A microchip does not have a GPS locator on it, but as long as the account is kept up-to-date, its number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information. The microchip account is easily accessible online, and pet owners can update as needed and even add pet’s photo and veterinarian info.

Why is it so important to microchip your pets? Microchipping is a free call home for life should your pet accidentally get out and be brought to a shelter or veterinarian’s office. Collars and tags can be removed or fall off, but a microchip goes wherever your pet does. In the state of Texas when a pet escapes its home, if brought to a shelter, after only three days it can be released for adoption (or worse).

With more than 10 shelters in the Houston metropolitan region (pets don’t observe city limits or county lines), finding a lost pet can suddenly become a full time job (posting signs, searching online, visiting shelters). Many times, the correct breed isn’t even entered into a shelter’s registration system upon intake, so making phone calls and asking if a specific breed was brought in, can’t guarantee an owner finds its pet.

However, if a pet is microchipped, it will be scanned upon intake, and can often be back home within hours. Microchipping your pet provides a direct link to contact information and expedites a joyful reunion.

People bringing their pets in should know this event is cash only and they mustbring rabies certification paperwork (not just the collar tag) — for volunteer and attendee safety. Cats should be in a secure carrier and it is recommended that dogs should be on a no-slip leash with a securely fastened collar that they can’t pull out of, if they get a little excited (no retractable leashes).

There is a limit of two pets per family, unless pre-approved.

For more information on this event, or to see the upcoming calendar, follow the group at www.facebook.com/KatyCommunityChipClinic.

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