Free Microchips Through August at Harris County Animal Shelter

One of the best ways to find a lost pet’s owner is to check the animal’s tag or microchip. Unfortunately, 90% of stray animals that enter the Harris County Animal Shelter have neither.
In response, Harris County Animal Shelter and Lone Star Animal Welfare League have teamed up to offer free microchips through August for pets of unincorporated Harris County residents.

The free microchips will be available during the shelter’s Pet Wellness Clinic hours on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maximum two pets per household. Call 281- 999-3191 to make an appointment. The program ends Aug. 31.

“In an effort to reunite more pets with their people, we are urging the community to microchip their pet, so we have a way to swiftly return pets to their owners in the event they become lost and end up at our shelter,” said Dr. Michael White, the director of the Harris County Animal Shelter. “Microchipping and placing proper identification on your pets is also one way to help reduce shelter overcrowding, because it enables us to quickly reunite animals with their owners instead of their pets waiting at the shelter for their owners to reclaim – which frees up space for the pets that truly need to be here.”

A microchip provides a permanent and unique identification number for each pet. If a pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, the pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal that unique ID number. The number is called into the pet recovery service, and the owner is contacted using the contact information on file with the pet’s microchip.

The procedure is as simple as administering a vaccine or a routine shot. All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. Every found animal that is brought to Harris County Animal Shelter is scanned twice upon intake for a microchip; their photos are uploaded immediately to Petharbor.com and CountyPets.com as well as registered to FindingRover.com, a program that uses facial recognition technology to reunite lost pets with owners.

The shelter is also recruiting walkers for the Strut Your Mutt event on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Stude Park. All proceeds raised will benefit Harris County Animal Shelter.

Register here.