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Low-cost microchips offered

Statement as issued Thursday by the SPCA:

Fort Wayne, Ind., March 28, 2013 – The Allen County SPCA, through a generous grant from the Petco Foundation, will offer $10 microchips to the public at this year’s Northern Indiana Pet Expo, April 20-21 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Microchips are injected under the animal’s skin, at the back of the neck, and greatly increase the likelihood of a lost pet’s return to its owner.

“We are so grateful to the Petco Foundation for sponsoring this effort. Thanks to them, not only are we able to offer these microchips at greatly reduced pricing, but this grant also covers free microchips for the shelter pets available for adoption during the Expo,” said Jessica Henry, director. Henry continued, “Microchips are an important aspect of a pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Anything that helps get lost pets home and kept out of shelters is terrific.”

The Northern Indiana Pet Expo is an annual event showcasing hundreds of adoptable pets from around the tri-state region, including many breed-specific rescues. Pet-related vendors, boutiques, artisans and crafters will also be on hand with unique items for sale. Attendees will be treated to free seminars from area experts on such topics as pet massage, service dog training and pet food selection. A blessing of the pets by Fr. Joe Gaughan is planned for Sunday afternoon, with performances by the Canine Stars of Fort Collins, Colorado all weekend long. Area kids will enjoy children’s authors, a moonwalk and pony rides from Shadarobah Horse Rescue in the Expo Kids’ Area.

Tickets are available at the door. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children (kids under 5 free) and $1 for leashed and healthy pets. Expo hours are 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Discount coupons are available at Petco, 315 E. Coliseum Blvd.

Details on bringing pets to the Expo, a complete schedule of events and other information are available at or by calling the Allen County SPCA.