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School of Wags offers free pet microchips

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Volunteers from the School of Wags help micro-chip to dogs while offering mirco-chipping to pet owners, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at J.W. Sims Community Center in Nolanville.

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NOLANVILLE — The School of Wags was at the J.W. Sims Community Center on Saturday offering free microchips for cats and dogs.

The nonprofit group also had discounted pet registrations available with the Home Again microchip service.

Microchips are injected beneath a pet’s skin. They are permanent and contain the owner’s contact information. If a pet is lost, its microchip can be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian and the owner can be contacted.

According to the HomeAgain.com website, one in three pets will go missing. Without proper identification, 90 percent of them will never return home. The website said more than 14,000 pets with microchips are reunited with their owners every month.

Saturday was School of Wag’s second free microchip event. More than 50 people attended and 79 animals were microchipped and registered.

Kathryn Leisinger, the “Dean of Wags,” said the event was made possible by a $1,000 grant from Sam’s Club.

“For every microchip registered at these events, Home Again will send us more microchips,” Leisinger said.

Abby and Sean Schwegel of Killeen got microchips for their four dogs Saturday.

“We found out about this on the School of Wags Facebook page,” Schwegel said.

The School of Wags plans to host more free events. “The goal is to reduce the number of animals in shelters,” Leisinger said.

For events, go to www.schoolofwags.org.

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Volunteers from the School of Wags help micro-chip to dogs while offering mirco-chipping to pet owners, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at J.W. Sims Community Center in Nolanville.

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