Washoe County Regional Animal Services will offer free microchip services this Saturday at the south Reno Petco.
The event happens from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as part of a year-long campaign by Regional Animal Services to provide free microchips for all Washoe County pet owners.
Since January 28, 2013, the start of our campaign, to date Animal Services has microchipped 6,229 pets.
"We believe that microchipping is your pet's best chance of returning home if your pet ever becomes lost. We wanted to make sure all Washoe County pet owners have an opportunity to microchip their pets for free," Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode said.
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is activated by a scanner which receives information about the pet's owners and home from the chip.
Animal Services' asks that all pet owners bring their dogs properly leashed and their cats are in appropriate cat carries.
Once a pet is microchipped, Animal Services encourages the owner to register their microchip online at www.homeagain.com to ensure proper identification if the pet should ever become lost outside of Washoe County.