Erie County offers free microchip clinic for dogs and cats

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County will offer a free microchip clinic for dogs and cats on July 22. There is no charge to the owner and no limit to the number of pets each owner may microchip.

The free clinic is set for Tuesday, July 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town of Cheektowaga Maintenance Garage, 3349 Broadway in Cheektowaga. The garage is behind the Cheektowaga Senior Center.

The microchips increase the likelihood of being reunited with a pet if the animal is lost or stolen. They include a prepaid enrollment in the National Animal Recovery Database with unlimited updates for the lifetime of the pet.

The supply of microchips is limited. Chips will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. All pets must be up to date on vaccinations and must be restrained using a non-retractable leash, or a carrier.

The microchips were purchased with funding from the Department of Homeland Security. In major disasters, local government officials have the responsibility to manage animals that are lost, abandoned, injured or sick.

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein says in a prepared statement: “Loose animals can create additional risks of injury and disease to people in the affected area. Microchips will assist public health with investigation into an animal’s health and vaccination history.”

For more information, you may call the Erie County Department of Health at 716-858-7101.

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