Manatee animal rescue offering discounted pet micro-chipping

MANATEE -- An animal rescue will offer low-cost micro-chipping for pets on Saturday, which officials at the rescue say greatly help with finding lost pets.

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue, located at 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd., are offering to microchip dogs and cats for $15 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Officials at the rescue said the typical cost for micro-chipping is around $45 at veterinary hospitals.

"The ASPCA has published staggering statistics, estimating that 74 percent of all dogs and 95 percent of all cats that enter animal shelters as strays are never returned to their owners," said Karen Slomba, associate director at Nate's Honor Animal Rescue. "Sadly, many of these lost pets are often euthanized rather than being reunited with their families. This would not be the case if all pet owners micro-chipped their pets."

The will be the first of 12 such clinics, made possible by a grant from the Bill and Maryann Vinall Fund for Animal Welfare at the Manatee Community Foundation.

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue is taking both walk-ups and appointments for the clinic. Appointments can be made at www.honoranimalrescue.org or by calling 941-538-6201.