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May 26, 2017
Toronto Animal Services' Chip Truck to provide free microchips at Woofstock this weekend
Toronto Animal Services' Chip Truck, a low-cost, mobile microchip clinic for dogs and cats, will be at Woofstock to provide free microchips (with proof of current pet licence).

A microchip is a tiny device – the size of a grain of rice – implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Registered microchips give owners the best chance to find their pet if it runs away or gets lost. When the microchip is scanned, a unique identifier number linked directly to the owner will appear.

At the Chip Truck, animals are microchipped by an Animal Services' veterinarian. The vet injects the chip using a syringe and records a unique identification. A test scan ensures the chip is operating correctly.

Animal shelter staff, veterinarians and animal care and control officers routinely look for microchips to return lost pets to their owners quickly. Toronto Animal Services' veterinarians place microchips in all cats, dogs and rabbits that are adopted through the City's shelters.
The truck will be at the Woofstock event at Woodbine Park, located at 1695 Queen St. E. on Saturday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents whose pets have an up-to-date licence can get a microchip at no cost courtesy of PetSmart Charities of Canada. Pets without a licence will receive $10 off the regular fee of $25 for cats and $35 for dogs.

To use the Chip Truck, dogs must be on a leash and cats must be properly contained in a carrier. Pet owners are asked to bring a piece of photo identification that includes their address. Attendees can use the express line at the event by filling out a form in advance. The form can be found online at

Additional Chip Truck dates and locations can be found at

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