Pet clinic this weekend for low-cost microchips, vaccines

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Pet owners will get a chance to get low-cost vaccines, licenses and microchipping at a special clinic sponsored jointly by the city of Bakersfield and Kern County Animal Control departments.

"We really want to promote responsible pet ownership," said Lt. Randy Robison with city of Bakersfield Animal Control.

The city has had a microchipping pilot program for three months. It uses the "Avid FriendChips for Life" method. A very small chip is implanted via a hypodermic needle beneath the skin of a pet, where it remains for life.

Each microchip has a unique identification number that is encoded. When a lost or stray pet is picked up, an Animal Control officer can have the pet scanned. If the pet is microchipped, the ID number appears on the scanner and is used to reunite the pet with its owner, whose information is kept on file.

The low-cost clinic will be held Saturday at Heritage Park, 2320 Mount Vernon Ave., and will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Microchipping is free to pet owners whose pets are licensed. There will be a $10 charge for owners of pets who are not licensed.