Free microchipping, rabies vaccinations for Clackamas County-licensed dogs offered April 22

At monthly vet clinics at Clackamas County Dog Services, dog owners can get free microchipping for their dogs with proof of a Clackamas County dog license. Free rabies vaccinations are also available to people who purchase or renew their county dog license on the day of the clinic.

Vet clinics are held from 9 to 11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month at the county dog shelter, 13141 SE Highway 212 in Clackamas. Upcoming clinics are scheduled for April 22, May 27 and June 24.

Everyone is welcome and no advance appointments are needed. The mobile clinics, run through a partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, also offer other limited veterinary services.

To get a free microchip, owners of licensed dogs must verify current licenses with Dog Services before entering the mobile clinic in the parking lot. People without a current dog license may request an authorization form to purchase a license after their pet receives the microchip.

It only takes about 20 seconds for trained staff to insert a rice-grain-size microchip under the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades. The chip can’t be seen or felt by the dog, but can be read by veterinarians, shelters and rescue agencies using scanners; then the animal professionals can identify the lost dog and contact the dog’s owner.

Dog Services provides a wide variety of services for county residents including dog licensing; sick, injured and emergency dog rescue; pet protective custody; bite investigations; quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies vaccinated; and inspection of dog kennels. Read more about Dog Services.

For more information, contact Dog Services’ Sarah Holcombe at 503-655-8628.