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HPD to host free microchipping event for pets

The Hogansville Police Department and Troup County Animal Shelter will be providing more than 100 free identification chips as well as Parvo and Bordetella shots on Saturday, July 13. The first two animals from each household are free, and any additional animal will be $10.

“We have 150 chips on hand and can access more if needed,” said Jennifer Baker, Hogansville Police Department code enforcement officer. “The microchip is such an amazing tool and reduces the cost and time when it comes to lost and stray dogs.”

Microchip implants provide a permanent ID for cats and dogs that can be scanned to reveal a unique number, specific to the animal’s contact information.

Baker said that the microchip comes in handy because animals will slip from their collars, which makes it harder to locate the animal’s family. The chip can be scanned and information about the animal comes up immediately.

“Social media has made it easier to locate animal owners, but with the chip it’s immediate,” Baker said. “We can scan the animals before they end up at the shelter and have to deal with that traumatic experience.”

Additional to the free microchipping and shots, the Meriwether County Animal Shelter will have a mobile adoption trailer on site for those looking to adopt.

Baker said they are doing giveaways and serving hot dogs, and each animal served will leave with a homeade bandanna.

“We will have gift certificate giveaways to local stores, animal quilts and each animal will receive a bandanna that my mom is making,” Baker said. “Everybody will walk away a winner.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., animal owners can bring their furry friends to Calvin Hipp Park, across from the PNC building, in Hogansville for the event.

No requirements or paperwork is required to receive the shots or microchips.