dog at Pima animal care center

PimaAnimalCareCenter is hosting a free Microchip Clinic and eegee’s Social on Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. The event will feature free microchip implants for dogs and cats and free iced eegee’s, too. When the shelter opens at 10, there will be free adoptions all day until 5, and the free eegee’s fun will continue, too. Dog and puppy adopters must still pay a $15 license fee, but there are no licensing fees for cats and kittens.

The event is intended to bring awareness to the importance of helping county animal care staff identify owners of lost pets, especially in advance of Independence Day. The noise from fireworks on July 4th causes more pets to panic and run away than any other time of the year. Because pet safety and public education are a top priority for PACC, to keep pets safe over the Fourth of July holiday it offers this advice:

  • ·         Keep pets at home (instead of taking them to festivities).
  • ·         Whether at home or away, give pets a calm and soothing place to stay.
  • ·         Talk to your vet (consider mild sedatives if appropriate).
  • ·         Plan ahead and get a microchip and make sure tags and licenses are up-to-date.

If a pet is lost, here’s what to do:

  • ·         File a lost report with PimaAnimalCareCenter by calling 243-5900, ext. 3.
  • ·         Check Craigslist and the lost pets section of the PACC website.
  • ·         File a lost report with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (327-6088).
  • ·         Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet and hang fliers in your neighborhood.
  • ·         Physically check local shelters at least every other day.
  • ·         Leave food, water and a familiar item – such as your pet’s blanket, bedding or even a piece of your own personal clothing – outside for your lost pet. Many pets will return home by themselves once all the noise and distractions have calmed down and it is quiet.

If a pet is microchipped, make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Pets who receive microchips at PACC on June 28 will be given the information to register their microchip at no charge with PACC’s database and with its microchip company, 24PetWatch.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a Dog Walk and Cat Cuddle

Volunteers are needed to give PACC pets some liberty on the Fourth! Dog walking will take place at PACC from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a volunteer open house following at 10:15 a.m. Dog walkers should RSVP to by Wednesday, July 2.

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