Free County Microchip Program For Pets Reunites Families

Reported by: Elias Johnson
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Updated: 7/24/2013 12:15 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- This year Washoe County Animal Control Services is offering free microchip implants for your pets, in an effort to reunite owners with their furry friends and keep the cost of caring for strays down.

According to Washoe County Animal Services Director, Barry Bode, the program has been a huge success.

“The plan was for one year, January 2013 to January 2014, to microchip 5,000 pets,” Bode said.  “Well, in six months we've microchipped 4,901 as of today, so we are meeting our goal and exceeding that goal by six months.”

But, simply having a chip doesn't guarantee a happy reunion, because the technology is only as good as the information attached to it.

There are 170 other animals currently at the center, waiting for their owners; 25 with microchip implants.

“We can't make a phone call because the phone has been disconnected, or it's not in service,” Bode said.

If you would like to get your dog, cat, rabbit or ferret microchipped, take the animal to the center at 2825 Longley Ln. in Reno.

If you are looking for a lost pet, go to www.washoeanimals.com to view the database for lost pets in custody.  The information is updated every 20 minutes.  You can also update your animal’s microchip information on the website in seconds.   If you need to call in a change, do so by calling (775) 353-8901.
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