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Animal Welfare offers free microchipping for pets

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Don’t take a chance on losing Fido or Fluffy – get them microchipped.

Toward that effort, the city’s Animal Welfare Department is offering Albuquerque residents free microchipping services for their pets every month, while supplies last, according to a news release.

Pet owners can get the service this month through Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Westside and Eastside shelters, 11800 Sunset Gardens SW and 8920 Lomas NE, respectively. No appointment is needed.

To microchip your pets, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. The pet’s microchip will be registered to the ID holder. You will also need to fill out paperwork so the chip can be properly registered and the information used to reunite you with your pet if he or she is ever lost or recovered, the city says.

“It is essential to ensure that the details linked to your pet’s microchip remain up to date so the pet can be successfully identified,” according to the city. “Animal Welfare shelters provide a year-round free service to check a pet’s microchip.”

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