KENNEWICK, WA - The City of Kennewick is encouraging pet owners to get their animals micro-chipped. On Saturday, April 21 they're providing free micro-chips to Kennewick residents and their pets.
It just takes a few seconds to get the microchip put in your pet, it's really no different than getting a shot. A syringe is used to place the microchip between the animal's shoulder blades.
Shelters nationwide are equipped with microchip scanners, as are many veterinary offices. Those scanners reveal an I.D. number, that identifies a pet's owner.
The microchips usually cost between $50 to $100 each, so you'll want to get them while they're free. Evelyn Lusignan with the City of Kennewick says, "It's definitely a benefit to both the pet owner and the city. This way, if a pet is ever lost, they can be reunited with their owner. We want to promote pet identification, it's very important."
The free microchip clinic goes from 10 am to 5 pm this Saturday, at the Humane Society in Kennewick at 8620 W. Gage Boulevard.
The city purchased about 1,000 microchips, and they'll be given out until they're gone. You just need to bring proof of Kennewick residency, preferably a utility bill.