AUSTIN, TX (KVUE) - In the time it takes to give your pet a shot, you can have peace of mind for your pets future. Starting Friday morning at eleven, crowds are expected at the Austin Animal Center for the free micro-chip program making sure no one loses a beloved pet.
Animal center workers say of the thousands of pets that come into the center, only about twenty percent show up with identification. If they aren't claimed in three days, the pets are put up for adoption.
With a chip no bigger than a grain of rice your pet can be protected for life. The whole process isn't any different than your typical vaccination. The chip is registered to the pet's owner and isn't just for dogs or cats. Once a lost animal is turned in, a scanner captures their unique I.D. number letting shelters notify the owners.
To take advantage of Austin's first free micro-chip program, you have two days to bring your pet by the animal center. It starts Friday from 11 am until 7 pm and goes Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. There's no charge for any microchip service, it's normal cost at a vet's office usually runs close to $50.