Program aims to easily reunite owners with lost pets
The City of Austin’s Animal Services Office is offering members of the Austin and Travis County communities free pet I.D. tags and microchips to help keep pets out of the animal shelter system.
The program is made possible in part by a grant from the ASPCA.
The free I.D. tags, collars and HomeAgain Microchips will be offered to all pet owners in the community from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Austin Animal Center in Central East Austin at 7201 Levander Loop.
Since the program began at the beginning of the year more than 1,500 pets have been tagged and chipped.
Last year, 7,000 stray dogs ended up at the animal shelter and only 30 percent of those were reunited with their families. Many animals arrive in good health and with collars on, suggesting that it is some person’s missing pet. Without any identification on the pet there is no way to notify the owners. The animals wait the legally required three-day holding period and then move through the shelter system.
“This is a good beginning to getting pets in our community properly tagged,” Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith said. “Identification is extremely important to help us reunite owners with lost pets. If pets have identification on them they most likely can avoid the shelter all together.”
If a pet is lost, owners should call 3-1-1 right away and check the Animal Center’s website for a picture of the lost animal. Tips to locate a lost pet include placing fliers in neighborhoods; and posting information on social media outlets and on lost pet websites such as www.lostfoundpets.us
The Austin Animal Center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. More information about Austin Animal Services programs can be found at www.AustinAnimalCenter.org or by calling 3-1-1 for animal issues after hours or visit the Center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices .
Download Fliers and Ad banners for Free Chips and I.D. Tag campaign: