Everyone wants to be home for the holidays. And that includes pets.
To help ensure a quick and happy reunion with a lost or wandering pet, Volusia County Animal Services is hosting a free microchip event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. In addition to microchipping pets, free pet food will be distributed while supplies last.
The eighth free community event Animal Services has hosted since June will be at its headquarters at 1250 Indian Lake Road in Daytona Beach.
“Pets are family members. And we want to make sure that families stay together – all the time, and especially during the holidays,” stated Animal Services Director Adam Leath in a news release. “If a pet goes missing, the quickest and surest way to expedite their safe return is to have them microchipped. We have plenty of success stories to show the effectiveness of microchips, and that’s why we continue to provide this free service to the community.”
Animal Services has microchipped more than 1,600 pets during the community events. About the size of a grain of rice, microchips are implanted just under the pet’s skin. With the wave of a hand-held wand over the animal’s back, the ID code on the microchip will lead to the owner’s name and contact information — significantly increasing the odds of a happy reunion with pets that get lost or separated from their home.
For safety and convenience, this will be a drive-thru event. While residents won’t have to get out of their vehicle, they’re encouraged to wear a face covering. Those bringing a pet to the event for a microchip should have their dogs on a leash and cats secured in a crate. Staff will remove the pet from the vehicle and then return the pet to its owner just a few minutes later.
“Implanting a microchip is a very quick and painless procedure,” Mr. Leath stated. “And it’s a great way to ensure a safe holiday season for you and your pets.”
To expedite service at the event, the microchip consent form can be printed and filled out before arrival. The form can be downloaded by visiting https://bit.ly/3lELxbz