Free microchips for pets

Identification implants offered Sunday in Chico

Seeking to meet a need revealed by the Camp Fire, local animal advocates will microchip pets for free Sunday (May 5) in Chico. The identification service, from Friends of the Chico Animal Shelter and The Canine Connection, will be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10 Seville Court.

Shelly Rogers (pictured), shelter group president, said in a news release that the Nov. 8 disaster “was a real-life demonstration in the effectiveness of microchips. Pets that had a microchip could be reunited with their families immediately.” She added that the fire “also showed us that a low percentage of pets in our community are microchipped.”

The clinic is open to any pet owner. Dogs must be leashed, cats and other pets in a carrier.