RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We've recently covered two heart-breaking stories of families who've lost pets. It's something local animal agencies want to make sure doesn't happen to others through a micro-chipping clinic.
The SPCA is partnering with Richmond and Hanover animal control to host the clinic. During the one-day special event, residents can have their cats and dogs micro chipped for an affordable twenty dollars.
Dogs and cats can't tell someone their address if they get lost. That's why it's up to pet owners to make sure their four legged friends are properly identified, so they can be reunited should they get separated.
"There is nothing more heartbreaking than for a pet owner who loves that pet to lose that pet and not be able to find it again," said Robin Starr, Richmond SPCA CEO.
In the news recently, we brought you the devastating story of a woman whose dog was euthanized after running away in Hanover County. The dog was not wearing a collar. In Louisa, a similar incident - when a dog was picked up and adapted out to another family. That dogs tag was too hard to read. These incidents are exactly what this clinic is meant to alleviate.
"It's just a great way to make sure that if something awful happens that your pet makes its way back to you safe and sound," said Starr.
A microchip is a tiny tracking device that's implanted between your pets shoulder blades. It only takes a second and allows Animal Control, a vet's office or humane organizations to identify lost pets. But just micro chipping is not enough. It's important to do that. And traditionally tag your cat or dog. That way a good samaritan could likely get your pet back to you quickly.
And if you're family wants to bring your pet to this clinic. Don't worry about leaving the kids behind at home. The SPCA will provide kid-friendly events like crafts while the clinic is going on.
The microchip clinic is Monday August 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. The clinic takes place at the Richmond SPCA's Robins-Starr Humane Center at 2519 Hermitage Road in Richmond. Parking is free and the facility is handicap accessible. Pre-registration is available through Thursday on the SPCA's website.
People who preregister for the event will advance through an express line. Walk-ins are also welcome, but not guaranteed a spot as space is limited.