Daytona Beach, FL - Nearly 1,300 pets have already been microchipped by Volusia County Animal Services (VCAS) during five events in the past year and this Saturday, August 14, they are holding another event. The first 300 vehicles will get an added gift – a free pet disaster kit. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Animal Services’ headquarters, 1250 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach.
Director Adam Leath says it’s the best way to ensure a happy reunion with a lost pet. And that’s the reason for the free community events. “We believe in microchipping that strongly, and we have the lost pet stories with happy endings to prove its worth,” said Leath. “We want to make sure that every pet finds its way home. A microchip is the best way to do that.”
Volusia County Emergency Management is providing the free pet disaster kits. They come in a five-gallon bucket and will include everything from pet food, water, a leash, and a first aid kit to a pet collar light, glow sticks, a waste disposal bag dispenser, and wipes – a $70 value.
“These are some of the essentials for your pets that you might not have time to think about in a disaster,” said Leath. “So we’re going to think about it for you. It’s our way of helping to make sure that you and your pets are disaster-ready.”
The event is set up for safety and convenience. Pet owners will remain in their vehicles during the event and are encouraged to wear a face covering. For animals getting microchipped, dogs should be on a leash and all other pets, including cats, should be in a carrier. Staff will remove the pet from the vehicle for the quick and painless procedure. Just a few minutes later and the pets will be returned to their owner.
To expedite service at the event, the microchip consent form can be printed and filled out before arrival.
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