In last week’s update, I mentioned that the Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is working with the Pima Animal Care Center to put on a free microchip event for dogs. This will be at Arizona Beer House (150 S Kolb Road, near Broadway) on June 1st from 8 – 10 am.
The American Kennel Club states that every year, one third of dogs will become lost. Microchipping them goes a long way to help ensure that your dog will get back to you safely.
The microchips that are used are radio-frequency identification transponders that carry a unique identification number, and is roughly the size of a grain of rice. When the microchip is scanned by a vet, shelter or the personnel at PACC, it transmits the ID number. There’s no battery, no power required, and no moving parts. The microchip is injected under the loose skin between your dog’s shoulder blades. It’s no more invasive than a vaccination.
This is not a GPS device. Instead, it is a way to report that your dog has been found by a responsible person who wants to help get it back to you.
PACC employees will also be there to register the chip, which is the second important step to make sure that your dog can be returned. If you microchip your dog, either whether over on the first or if you do it with your veterinarian, make sure to give as much contact information as possible.
The Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is still relatively new, but they are willing to provide a service like this to dog owners in the community. On behalf of my office and Ward 2 constituents, thank you.
I also want to give you another reminder that we will be hosting a Ward 2 town hall on June 5 at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) here at the Ward office. In the past, these town halls have been good ways to bring city officials that you don’t always get to ask questions of to come out here to Ward 2. This year, we will have officials from the Police Department, Transportation and Parks and Recreation. It’s never too early to RSVP, so send a note to Odessa in my office. Odessa.Draheim@Tucsonaz.gov.