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If you need to microchip your cat, it’ll be easier on your wallet if you get it taken care of in the next two months.
During April and May, microchipping a cat will cost $15. Normally, the cost is $21.20 The reduced cost microchipping drive is part of an effort to increase compliance with recent changes to the City’s Animal Services code. In September 2016, the City Council approved changes that require residents to license their cats. Rather than needing an identifying tag like dogs, the microchip itself will serve as the cat’s license.
“Cats continue to be the animal we see come through the door the most at the shelter,” said Danielle Garcia, Shelter Manager. “In Fiscal Year 2016, the shelter took in 2,012 cats compared to 1,252 dogs. Many times, there is no way of identifying who the cat belongs to and by requiring licenses and microchipping, we’ll be able to get more cats back home where they belong.”
Under the ordinance, when a cat reaches three-months of age, owners must purchase a microchip and provide the chip’s identity number to Animal Services, which will serve as the cat’s license number. Once the cat is microchipped, the cost to license a cat is $5 per year and enforcement of the new code begins June 1, 2017. Pet parents can have their animal microchipped at any facility that provides the service.
Residents with questions about the changes to the code or microchipping are invited to contact Pocatello Animal Services at 208-234-6156.
For more information on the Pocatello Animal Services Department, visit pocatello.us/animal.