September 20, 2012
Toronto Animal Services takes pet microchipping on the road
Identifying pets is one of the most important ways a pet
owner can ensure a pet is returned home if it ever strays from sight. Toronto Animal Services
wants to ensure that as many pets as possible get identified.
pet identification, Toronto Animal Services presents The Chip Truck - A mobile
licence and microchip clinic for your pet.
Toronto residents can visit the Chip Truck to purchase a
City of Toronto
licence and a microchip for only $20 for cats and $30 for dogs. If a pet already
has a City of Toronto license, it can be
microchipped for only $5 (with proof of a current City of Toronto pet
The Chip Truck will be at the following locations on these
dates, and it's open for everyone:
Saturday, September 22: Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue) at
the Canadian Kennel Club's Responsible Dog Ownership event from 10 a.m. to 2:30
Saturday, September 29: Allan Gardens
Park (Carlton Street and
Avenue) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 30:
Jane/Finch Mall parking lot (Jane
Street and Finch Avenue) from 1 to 4 p.m.
appointment is necessary. 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 address.
A microchip is an identifying integrated
circuit placed under the skin of a dog or cat, usually on the back of the neck
between the shoulder blades. The chip is about the size of a large grain of
rice, and uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
Animal shelters, animal care and control officers and
veterinarians routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their
owners. Toronto Animal Services places chips in all animals adopted through its
Animals being microchipped at the Chip Truck will be
microchipped by a Toronto Animal Services veterinarian. After checking that the
animal does not already have a chip, the vet will inject the chip with a syringe
and record the chip's unique identification. No anaesthetic is required, and a
test scan will ensure the chip is operating correctly.
Services will register all microchips with 24 Pet Watch. Pet owners are
responsible for maintaining up to date contact information with 24 Pet Watch
throughout the life of the pet, including owner contact information, pet name
and description, veterinarian contact information, and an alternate emergency
contact. 24 Pet Watch provides 24-hour, toll-free telephone and online service
for the life of the pet.
The owner receives a registration certificate
directly from 24 Pet Watch with 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.
Authorities and shelters examine strays for chips, providing the
recovery service with the identification number, description and location so
they may notify the owner or contact. An owner can also report a missing pet to
the recovery service, as vets look for chips in new animals and check with the
recovery service to see if it has been reported lost or
Information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/animalservices.
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largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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,
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