Waco, Tx — The city of Waco is coming together as a community to help ensure pet owners are in compliance with the city's new pet ordinance. This Sunday, the Animal Birth Control Clinic will be offering free microchipping.
Just last month, Waco city council passed an ordinance requiring dogs and cats over four months old to be spayed or neutered and microchipped. It's part of a community-wide effort to reduce the number of sheltered and euthanized animals.
"We'd like to get to a no-kill at some point. But, we're going to have to have a lot of citizen participation to do that. We're going to have to have a lot of surrounding community participation to do that," said Waco PD Spokesman Patrick Swanton.
In order to help everyone be in compliance, and to avoid getting ticketed, the Animal Birth Control Clinic will be offering free microchipping this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All you need is a copy of your Waco water bill for proof of residency.
Officials say a microchip will help identify your dog if it's ever lost, so it doesn't become one of the countless strays being brought into the local shelter.
"There are hundreds out there. And, we're picking them up on a daily basis, sometimes, anywhere from five to 15, 20 dogs or cats get picked up in a day's time," said Swanton.
The Animal Birth Control Clinic also offers low-cost spay and neuter options during the week.