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Free pet microchipping at Sheriff’s K9 Run


1300101_4BRYWASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE – Regional Animal Services will offer a free microchipping clinic at the Summit Mall during the inaugural Sheriff’s Office K9 Run on Saturday, September 28. The clinic will open at 8:00 a.m. and free microchipping will be available throughout the event.

Pet owners are asked to bring their dogs properly leashed and their cats in appropriate cat carriers.

The special Saturday clinic is made possible thanks to support from Maddie’s Fund® and is part of a year-long campaign by Regional Animal Services to provide free microchips for all Washoe County pets.

The Sheriff’s K9 Run features a 5K, 10K and a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. This fundraising event is open to all levels of fitness and all ages. Proceeds will go toward equipment and training needed to support the mission of the Washoe County Sheriff’s K9 Unit.

All participants receive a free t-shirt, finisher’s medal and a post-race breakfast. For registration information, visit www.renorunningcompany.com.

Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode said they initiated the year-long free-microchipping campaign to get lost pets reunited with their owners as efficiently as possible. Microchipped pets are often returned to their owners without ever needing to go to the Animal Services facility, reducing operating costs through decreased intake, housing and animal care costs.

Free microchips are available from Regional Animal Services through January 2014. Animal Services is located at 2825-A Longley Lane and regular business hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). For more information, visit www.washoeanimals.com.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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