FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — H.O.P.E. for Animals, the Allen County SPCA and Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control have joined forces to offer locals $4 microchips for pets. 

The deal is for dogs and cats, and begins Friday, June 29 in hopes of providing permanent identification to as many pets as possible before the 4th of July.

H.O.P.E. for Animals said they want to remind all pet owners to make sure their pets are microchipped before the upcoming 4th of July holiday. More pets are lost on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year. 

Pets can get microchipped at the following locations and times:

H.O.P.E. for Animals between 9 a.m.—3 p.m.
1333 Maycrest Drive
260-420-7729

Allen County SPCA between 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
4914 S. Hanna Street
260-744-0454

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control between 11 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
3020 Hillegas Road
260-427-1244

They say pet owners should keep their pets indoors as much as possible for the next few weeks. 

If pets already have a microchip, they are also encouraged to check and update their contact information so their lost pet can quickly be returned home. Pet owners can verify and update their contact information for free at www.foundanimals.org.

“It’s great to hear about pets being reunited with their families after being lost. Sadly, those chances are greatly reduced if these pets were never microchipped or if the microchip contained inaccurate or out-of-date information” says Tyna Reiter, Community Outreach Coordinator at H.O.P.E. for Animals. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that owners of almost ¾ of lost, microchipped cats and dogs were located due to the presence of a microchip, but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate. 

If you're not sure if your pet has a microchip, veterinarians and shelters can scan any pet for a microchip; tell the owner what information is contained on the microchip; and provide pet owners with information on how to update their pet’s microchip registration. 

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