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Protect Your Pet: Reserve Now for Upcoming Chip-a-thon

March 30, 2009 – Thunder Bay Animal Services is encouraging all pet owners to protect their pets by participating in the upcoming Chip-a-thon on Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at the City’s Animal Services Centre at 882 Alloy Place.

“Micro-chipping is a safe, foolproof way of permanently identifying a pet’s owner and address,” said Jody Kondrat, Supervisor – Animal Services. “A micro-chip could save your pet’s life. In some cases, your pet will even receive a free ride home if lost. Also, spayed or neutered pets equipped with a microchip receive a free lifetime licence from Animal Services - no more annual licence fees!”

The Chip-a-thon allows pet owners to have their pet micro-chipped by local veterinarians for $35 for the first pet, and just $30 for each additional pet. The tiny device can be safely implanted just under the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades by a simple injection and contains a 10-digit ID code that can only be read when an electronic scanner is passed over the animal’s back.

Contact the Animal Services Centre at 684-2156 to book your appointment. Full payment is necessary and must be made prior to Wednesday, April 1 (Mastercard, Visa, direct debit or cash is accepted). 2009 Pet Licences will also be available. If a pet qualifies for a free life-time tag, pet owners are asked to provide a veterinary certificate as proof the animal has been spayed or neutered and micro-chipped to obtain their tag.

The Chip-a-thon is hosted by Thunder Bay Animal Services and the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, in cooperation with Friends of the Animals and veterinarians from Highview Animal Clinic, Meadows Animal Clinic and Northwestern Veterinary Hospital.

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Contact:  Jody Kondrat, Supervisor– Animal Services, 684-2156

Another "Responsible Pet Ownership" initiative from your City of Thunder Bay Animal Services and the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society!