Animal programs

El Paso Animal Services presents “Straylight Savings”

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Animal Services encourages the community to participate in “Straylight Savings,” an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of updating pet microchip contact information.

Straylight Savings is the department’s take on annual daylight saving time reminders, such as checking the smoke detector battery. In addition to following these safety tips, Animal Services wants pet owners to also think about your pet’s needs in order to keep them safe.

So far this year nearly 3,000 lost pets have entered the animal service center, many of these pets did not have a microchip, or if they did have a chip, the contact information was incorrect, preventing the animal to be reconnected with its owner.

El Paso Animal Services

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PET’S CHIP

First you will need your pet’s microchip number. If you don’t know your pet’s microchip number, you can take them to your veterinarian or any El Paso Fire Department station to be scanned.

Next, find the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip by visiting petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the chip number in the search box. The result will tell you which company made the chip and where you can save it or update contact information.

For an extra layer of protection, you can also add your pet’s microchip information to the animalsfound.org database for free.

NEED A CHIP

If your animal does not have a microchip, your veterinarian can implant one on request. Microchips generally cost around $25 at most veterinary clinics. Animal Services’ Resource Rover program also hosts free microchipping clinics throughout the year. Below is a list of upcoming free microchip events:

Resource Rover Microchip Clinics:

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2022

OR: El Paso Animal Services – 5001 Fred Wilson, El Paso, TX 79906

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022

OR: 210 Lone Star Pl, El Paso, TX 79907

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022

OR: El Paso Animal Services – 5001 Fred Wilson, El Paso, TX 79906

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