Pet Lovers Take Advantage of Free Pet Microchipping in Washoe County

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RENO, Nev. -- If you've ever had a pet go missing... you know just how nerve wracking it can be.

This year Regional Animal Services is helping pet owners in Washoe County by offering free microchipping at mobile clinics and at their facility on Longley Lane. Hundreds of pet owners took advantage of the service Saturday at the PetCo on S. Virginia Street.

The chip is inserted between the shoulder blades of the animal and the process only takes a few minutes. It has proved valuable to many pet owners in the first 12 weeks of the campaign.

Barry Brode, Regional Animal Services Director, says, "Since we've been doing this campaign, we've had eleven animals returned... dogs and cats, even cats from out of state. The microchip is only as good as the information on it so if we have the proper contact info we can call while we're out in the field and return the animal home or to you."

The mobile clinics are held every two weeks and the animal services facility is open Monday through Friday. The goal is to get 5,000 pets microchipped by the end of next January.