St. Lucie County Hosts Check the Chip Event Aug. 15-19 to Make Sure Pets are Microchipped
- LUCIE COUNTY – In recognition of National Check the Chip Day, which is scheduled for Aug. 15, St. Lucie County’s Animal Safety Division is hosting a week-long program to make sure residents in the unincorporated area have their pets microchipped and that their contact information is up to date.
In partnership with St. Lucie County’s contracted veterinarian, the Animal Safety staff will host a free, week-long inaugural outreach and education event for the residents of unincorporated St. Lucie County to make sure their pets have been microchipped and to keep their registration information up to date with the microchip manufacturer. Residents of the unincorporated areas of the county (outside city limits), who own cats or dogs can make appointments between Monday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to bring their pets to the county’s animal holding facility located at 3404 W. Midway Road, behind Midway Veterinary Hospital.
For pet owners whose pets are not microchipped, St. Lucie County will offer to microchip their pets at no charge. Those with chips can make appointments to make sure their contact information is current. The implanted microchips have a lifetime registration so there is no cost to the owner to update the microchip as their contact information changes.
To request an appointment, email your name, address, phone number and number of animals and type of animals (cat or dog) you would like to register for an appointment to: email@example.com. Please also include a photo ID and proof of residency.
This is a free event and is available to the residents of the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County only. Residents will need to provide a copy of their ID along with proof of residency in order to participate. There is a limit of five pets per household.
The goal is to ensure pet owners whose pets are microchipped have up to date information attached to the microchip. Microchipped pets are 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their family members if they get lost than pets that haven’t been chipped.
For more information about St. Lucie County’s Animal Safety Division, visitwww.stlucieco.gov/lostpets.