FORT WAYNE – A local wholesaler is providing low-cost microchips for cats and dogs today, less than a week after local animal control officials shared concerns about possible pet thefts.
The Allen County SPCA said Reese Wholesale is having a Dog Days of Summer event by offering $3 microchips from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Fort Wayne location, 4815 Speedway Drive.
It is timely, isnt it, Jessica Henry, SPCA director, said Tuesday.
Reese Wholesale, a provider of roofing materials, windows and siding, is sponsoring similar events at other locations in Indiana, so the timing locally is coincidence.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control on Friday cautioned the public about a white van with the black lettering spelling Animal Care being seen in local neighborhoods, raising suspicions about possible pet thefts. Lettering on the citys Animal Care & Control vans is green. Animal Care did say, however, there had not been an increase in reports of missing pets.
For todays Reese Wholesale event, SPCA staff will administer and register microchips for pets.
Microchips are placed by an injection between a pets shoulder blades. When scanned with a microchip reader, the pet owners information is made available to the person performing the scan. Most animal rescue organizations, such as Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and the Allen County SPCA, as well as veterinary offices have such scanners.
The cost of microchips varies. I think the least expensive weve implanted have been $10, Henry said, and veterinarian offices might charge more.
Henry said Reese is covering the cost and donating the $3 charge back to the SPCA.
Theres no expense to us at all. Its just a great reward, she said.
Ross Smith, vice president for Reese Wholesale, said the company has eight locations and the Dog Days event is a way to give back a little bit to the community. The event coincides with a cookout the company is doing with a vendor for customers and people who bring dogs or cats.
Microchips increase the likelihood that lost pets are returned to their rightful owners, the SPCA said in a written statement.
Pet owners attending the Reese Wholesale event are asked to have their dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.