Pass the chips around again! Fix Long Beach holds its second free microchip clinic July 2.

Last Saturday, cats and dogs received more chips than your good china. Fix Long Beach, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to spay/neuter and general pet health, implanted over 70 microchips into that many animals and vaccinated more than 200 of them.

Free microchips for pets available at Fix Long Beach clinic. Masks for humans are required.

“We weren’t expecting almost 150 people and their pets to attend!” said Diana Kliche, Fix Long Beach’s board president. “I’ve had a lot of people email that they missed microchips.”

Thanks to grants from Animal Sheltering and Michelson Found Animals, the organization obtained more microchips and will hold one more free clinic before the Fourth of July to meet the needs of more pet parents. The clinic will take place Thursday, July 2, at 1749 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, 3–4 p.m. Dogs must be on sturdy leashes and well-fitting collars or harnesses, cats must be in carriers, and humans must be in face masks. Low-cost vaccines, flea meds and nail-trimmings will be available, and you can make an appointment to get your cat or dog fixed. That’s free, too.

More information is available here. You can print out the form below, fill it out, and bring it to the clinic. No appointment is necessary.

Posted by Fix Long Beach Pets and Animals on Monday, June 29, 2020

Microchips are rice-size circuits containing an identification number and information such as the pet’s name, gender, distinguishing marks and human-contact information. It isn’t a tracking device but more like an ID card that supplements a collar and tag, which a pet should always wear anyway, even if they’re kept strictly indoors. If a cat or a dog runs off and winds up in the shelter or someone’s backyard, the chip can be scanned and the pet can go home. Simple, and necessary as all heck during the fireworks season, which has little to do with the actual Fourth of July commemoration. This year, there were reports of illegal fireworks set off around Mother’s Day, and it’s anyone’s guess when it will stop.

This year, the city’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the July 3 privately funded Big Bang on the Bay have been cancelled, but scofflaws are still setting them off illegally everywhere at all hours and startling the daylights out of human and beast. Microchips won’t stop the pyrotechnics, but they’ll definitely help ensure a safe return to a frightened, lost pet.

Chihuahua with brown ears and mask and white muzzle and body held by human in Pride shirt.

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Photo by Jules Britton

 

Young woman wearing mask holds fluffy, white dog.

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Photo by Jules Britton

 

large brown pit-bull mix stands by yellow post near barred gate.

…and large. All Fixed for chips!
Photo by Jules Britton

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Kate Karp is the Pets Columnist for the Long Beach Post covering the world of animal activism, pet adoptions and lots of cute cats. She’s called Long Beach home since 1994 and has written for the Post for about 10 years. Kate’s day job is as a copyeditor, which she discovered a love for during her 30-year tenure as a teacher. She describes the job as “like taking the rough edges off a beautiful sculpture.”
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