Austin Animal Center to Host Free Pet Microchipping Clinic – Corridor News

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Austin – Austin Animal Center (AAC), in partnership with Board Member Pio Renteria, is hosting a free microchip and rabies vaccination clinic this Saturday for all residents of the City of Austin and Travis County.

“Microchips are essential for pets to be reunited with their families,” says Mark Sloat, Field Services Manager for AAFC. “We have thousands of dogs that are picked up and brought to the shelter by members of the community, and the majority do not find their way home. We know from the work of our animal protection officers that most pets are picked up very close to home, so in addition to educating the community, we really encourage microchipping.

Microchips are small microchips the size of a grain of rice inserted under the skin of dogs and cats. They serve as a form of permanent identification and places like animal shelters, veterinary clinics and pet stores have scanners that read the unique number which can then be used to look up owner information in microchip records.

AAC outreach staff work with city council members to hold microchip clinics in each of their districts to increase recovery rates. A representative from Council Member Renteria’s office said, “Because of microchipping, District 3 has one of the highest lost pet return rates in the entire city.

Much of the access to this place was due to the efforts of the folks at the Austin Animal Center. By getting out into the community to educate people, and especially through free microchipping clinics like the one this weekend, we’ve been able to keep our pets safe and happy.

The drive-in event will take place at the Austin Animal Center (7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX 78702) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in cages.

The Bureau of Animal Services operates the Austin Animal Center, which is the municipal shelter for the city of Austin and parts of Travis County. In 2021, AAFC provided shelter to over 11,500 animals and achieved a live release rate of 96.6%.

Benjamin M. Yerger