C.A.R.E. for the Evanston Animal Shelter is offering a low-cost Avid Microchip Clinic as part of its annual Dog Wash fundraiser at the Evanston Animal Shelter, on Sept. 12, 2310 Oakton St. Microchipping will be performed by veterinarians and will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a $25 donation at the Dog Wash.

Volunteers will wash and towel dry a dog for a $10 donation, and trim its nails for a $10 donation. 

For more information on the Dog Wash, microchipping event or C.A.R.E. for the Evanston Animal Shelter, call 847-705-2653 or visit www.care-evanston.org.

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Each year, more than 500 stray dogs and cats
come to the Evanston Animal Shelter without any identification, and the majority of them are not found by their owners. The chip is a small RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the skin of the animal in the shoulder area. The tag serves as a permanent way to trace the owner when scanned by any vet, shelter or animal control organization.

Microchip Tips:

• Everyone should have their animals microchipped.

• Anyone who finds a stray without tags should contact a local vet or shelter to have it scanned.

• Pet-owners should keep their information up-to-date with the registry.

• Pet-owners should get a brand of microchip in wide use. Most vets and shelters have universal scanners that cover many of these brands.

Microchipping will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Dog Wash for a $25 donation.