Animal Welfare Coalition offering $4 microchips, tips for pet owners

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More pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. That’s why the Animal Welfare Coalition is coming together to help pet owners prepare for the busy holiday.

In hopes of providing permanent identification to as many pets as possible before July 4th, $4 microchips will be offered to dogs and cats on Friday.

It’s a joint effort between H.O.P.E. for Animals, the Allen County SPCA and Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. 

Here’s the times and locations you can get the microchips:

  • H.O.P.E. for Animals between 9am and 3pm – 1333 Maycrest Drive (260)-420-7729
  • Allen County SPCA between 11am and 6pm – 4914 S. Hanna Street (260)-744-0454
  • Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control between 11am and 5:30pm – 3020 Hillegas Road (260)-427-1244

To learn more about microchips, call H.O.P.E. for Animals at 260-420-SPAY

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is also offering these tips to help keep your pets safe and at home during the holiday:

  • Keep dogs inside your home or inside an air-conditioned building as much as possible when fireworks are being used in your area
  • Cats and small animals should be kept inside at all times
  • Secure gates and supervise your animals while outside
  • Keep current identification on your pet’s collar
  • Give pets a safe place to hide (a bedroom or other quiet space) turn on a television, radio, fan or other ambient noise to drown out the sound of fireworks
  • Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks or sirens occur. Loud noises increase the chance of your pet fleeing and becoming lost in an unfamiliar area
  • Never take your pet in the car with you. Even on a 70-degree day the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Partially opened windows won’t provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen, experience a seizure or even death
  • While fireworks have the potential to cause serious toxicity for pets, common concerns with exposure to fireworks include gastrointestinal upset, corrosive injury, dermal burns and possible foreign body obstruction
  • Keep pool chemicals and products away from your pets while celebrating at pools as these can cause serious toxic exposure when pets come into direct contact with them
  • Keep pets away from picnic foods to avoid toxic exposure – Summer festivities include a plethora of foods pets should not get into: Grapes/raisins, onions and garlic, xylitol, macadamia nuts, chocolate, moldy food, avocados, cherry pits and alcohol to name a few

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