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May 24, 2013
Toronto Animal Services takes pet microchipping on the road again
Pet identification is one of the most important ways an owner can ensure a pet is returned if it ever strays from home. To ensure that as many pets as possible get identified, the City of Toronto Animal Services Chip Truck will officially kick off its second season at Slobberfest on Saturday, May 25. The kickoff will be held at Leuty Pavilion - at the foot of Lee Avenue - from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Chip Truck, a low-cost, mobile microchip clinic for dog and cat owners, was launched in 2012 and demand was so high that this year, the Chip Truck will be available twice each month.

The Chip Truck offers a microchip and a pet licence for only $25 for cats and $35 for dogs. If your pet already has a current City of Toronto licence, the cost of your microchip is $10 (with proof of current pet licence). No appointment is necessary.

A microchip is a tiny device (about the size of a grain of rice) implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades that uses passive RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. It is a simple procedure and no anaesthetic is required. Registered microchips give owners the best chance of finding their pet if the need arises. A unique identifier number linked directly to the owner appears when the microchip is scanned.

At the Chip Truck, animals will be microchipped by a Toronto Animal Services veterinarian. After making sure the animal does not already have a chip, the vet will inject the chip with a syringe and record a unique identification. A test scan will ensure the chip is operating correctly.

Animal shelter staff, animal care-and-control officers and veterinarians routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owners. Toronto Animal Services' vets place microchips in all cats, dogs and rabbits that are adopted through the City's shelters.

Animal Services registers all microchips with 24 Pet Watch. Pet owners are responsible for maintaining up-to-date contact information throughout the life of the pet, including owner contact information, pet name and description, veterinarian contact information, and an alternative emergency contact. 24 Pet Watch provides 24-hour, toll-free telephone and online service.

The owner receives a registration certificate directly from 24 Pet Watch, including the chip identification and recovery service contact information. The certificate serves as proof of ownership and is transferred with the animal if and when the animal goes to a new owner.

Residents are advised that, when using the Chip Truck, all dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be properly contained in a carrier. Pet owners are asked to bring a piece of photo identification with an address.

Additional Chip Truck dates in the coming months:

Saturday, June 8: Stan Wadlow Park, in the parking lot across from the pool, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, June 10: Humberwood Park, 850 Humberwood Blvd., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17: Scarborough Heights Park, 7 Wynnview Ct., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 22: Smythe Park, 175 Scarlet Rd., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14: L'Amoreaux Park, 3159 Birchmount Rd., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 19: Sherwood Park, 190 Sherwood Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 15: Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, September 16: Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 30: Thompson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5: Marie Curtis Park, 2 Forty-Second St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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