Protect your pet at Humane Ohio's vaccination, microchipping clinic

Humane Ohio will offer low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats at a clinic in West Toledo on Saturday.

The non-profit organization will host a Rabies Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Jan. 22 at 3131 Tremainsville Road.

Area residents who want to take steps to protect their pets can bring their cats and dogs in for $5 Rabies vaccines, required by law, and $20 microchipping per pet.

Microchipping is a permanent pet identification system designed to help reunite lost pets with their owners. A tiny computer chip about the size of a piece of rice that has an identification number programmed into it is easily injected under the skin of your pet by a veterinarian, providinga permanent, positive identification which cannot be lost, altered, or intentionally removed - a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft. Animal shelters, animal control agencies and veterinarians can scan a pet for a microchip by waving a wand over the pet's shoulder blades.

"Protecting pets and the public against rabies, microchipping pets in case they become lost, and spaying or neutering - which has health and behavioral benefits in addition to preventing unwanted litters - all go hand in hand with our mission to promote responsible pet care and reduce pet overpopulation," said Jill Borkowski, Humane Ohio Marketing Manager.

Lucas County residents are also reminded to renew dog licenses by Jan. 31 to avoid a $25 late registration penalty.