Katy Community Chip Clinic Announces New Dates to Serve Fulshear, Katy and Richmond

Donna Hutchins, Mary Vandenberg, Inga Henry, Megan Wilcox, Pam
Stanton and Peggy Wells volunteering for Katy Community Chip Clinic.

Katy Community Chip Clinic, a local non-profit, volunteer-run organization, is pleased to announce its spring schedule of upcoming events to serve the needs of Katy-area residents. The organization offers $10 microchipping for pets with free lifetime registration.

What is a microchip? A microchip is a rice-sized transponder that is injected between a pet’s shoulder blades with a needle. When getting chipped, most animals don’t notice any difference from when receiving yearly vaccinations. A microchip does not have a GPS locator on it, but as long as the account is kept up-to-date, its number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information. The microchip account is easily accessible online, and pet owners can update as needed and even add pet’s photo and veterinarian info.

Why is it so important to microchip your pets? Microchipping is a free call home for life should your pet accidentally get out and be brought to a shelter or veterinarian’s office. Collars and tags can be removed or fall off, but a microchip goes wherever your pet does. In Texas when a pet escapes its home if brought to a shelter, after only three days it can be released for adoption – or worse. With more than 10 shelters in the Houston metropolitan region, finding a lost pet can suddenly become a full-time job – posting signs, searching online, visiting shelters. Many times, the correct breed isn’t even entered into a shelter’s registration system upon intake, so making phone calls and asking if a specific breed was brought in can’t guarantee an owner finds its pet. However, if a pet is microchipped, it will be scanned upon intake and can often be back home within the hour. Microchipping your pet provides a direct link to contact information and expedites a joyful reunion.

Pet owners do not need to live in the same town as these upcoming events to take advantage of this service, but please note cash only is accepted, and owners must bring rabies certification paperwork – not just the collar tag –  for volunteer and attendee safety. There is a limit of two pets per family, unless pre-approved. Cats should be in a secure carrier, and dogs should be on a no-slip leash.

March 3rd: 9 am to 1 pm
KCCC at Fulshear Farmers’ Market
9035 Bois Arc Lane at FM 1093, Fulshear, Texas
May 5th: 11 am to 2 pm
KCCC at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming
9711 S. Mason Rd, Richmond, Texas
For more information, follow the group at: https://www.facebook.com/KatyCommunityChipClinic/.