County dog owners are invited to get their four-legged friends a current state-mandated dog license plus a microchip at a license and microchip clinic, being held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Garden City firehouse, 412 Moore Road, Wallingford.
Nether Providence Township is partnering with the Delaware County Kennel Club to provide free microchips to any Delaware County dog. A small electronic chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, will be implanted in the dog and scanned on site to ensure it is functioning properly.
Ellen Linaweaver, the license coordinator for the Delaware County Treasurer’s Office, will process dog license applications at the event.
A dog with a microchip is eligible for a lifetime dog license for a fee of $31.45 if the dog is neutered and $51.45 for all others. Annual dog licenses, which need to be renewed every year, are $6.45.
The Delaware County Kennel Club is donating the microchips for this event and representatives from the Club will be on hand to provide information on dog care.
“Peace of mind is priceless to a pet owner,” said Terry Nuss, president of the Delaware County Kennel Club. “The animal cannot speak, but the tag is their voice. Dog licenses and microchips are a pet’s phone call home.”
When a lost dog has a microchip, people who find the dog can have the chip read by a local veterinarian or humane officer to locate the owner.
If a lost dog has a current license, anyone who finds the dog can get the owner’s phone number through the county’s Return a Lost Dog feature on the county website at www.co.delaware.pa.us.
By entering the license number, the user can access the owner’s contact information.
To protect owners and their pets, dogs must be on leashes while attending the event. Microchips will be available to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. For information, visit www.delcokennelclub.com.