Local Initiative Helps Keep Pets Safe
Phoenix – October 26) On November 10, there will be a free HomeAgain microchip clinic held in Anthem, Arizona. The Outlets at Anthem will be hosting this event at 4250 West Anthem Way from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) received a generous contribution from Maricopa County Supervisor Andrew Kunasek, District 3, to help lost pets return home safely. MCACC Community Outreach and Development staff are planning to microchip 1000 pets (cats and dogs).
"Microchipping is the best way we know of to help insure your lost pets are returned to you," said Supervisor Kunasek.
Stray or lost pets that enter the MCACC shelters are scanned for a possible microchip. HomeAgain microchips are a permanent form of pet identification. These microchips cannot be altered once inserted into your pet through a procedure that takes a few seconds without any anesthesia. Pet owners are required to follow up online to make sure their information is current and update the owner information in the event of moving.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Max Wilson said he is grateful to see Supervisor Kunasek support pet microchipping for county residents.
This free microchip clinic event is first come first served while supplies last and are for dogs and cats only. The first year the owner will receive the enhanced package with the 24/7 Lost Pet Specialists, 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, Personalized Lost Pet Posters, Rapid lost Pet Alerts and access to the Lost Pet Recovery Network. If the owners would like to continue the same service after the first year it is $17.99. All the information remains in the system for retrieval if the owners choose not to continue. Pet microchips are not a tracking device, but help lost pets find their owners quickly.
For more information, please contact (602) 506 – PETS (7387) and visit our website at pets.maricopa.gov.