In 2009, a local dog owner was reunited with her poodle “Princess” because her microchip was traced to her Long Beach address. The dog had been missing for more than four years. In Long Beach, all animals are scanned three times when impounded in an effort to return them to their owners.
On Saturday, May 1, the Friends of Long Beach Animals will partner with the City of Long Beach to provide animal owners the opportunity to microchip their cats and dogs for only $10 (including registration).
The low-cost microchip clinic will take place at the Center for Families and Youth at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., on Saturday, May 1 from 10am to 2pm.
The effort is part of the National Be Kind to Animals Week. “A microchip is the best gift you can give your animal this year,” said John Keisler, manager of Animal Care Services. “Every day, we are able to reunite pets with their owners because they have microchips, which last a lifetime.”
This special offer is made possible by a donation from the nonprofit Friends of Long Beach Animals, which is paying half of the cost of the microchip for one day only. Residents may also get their pets licensed. Costs include:
• $10 AVID microchip (includes registration)
• $20 dog licenses (for altered animals)
• $90 dog licenses (for unaltered animals)