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Wednesday, June 29, at Jane Finch Mall, 1911 Finch Ave. W., Toronto Animal Services’ (TAS) Chip Truck will host its first mobile clinic starting in 2019. rabies vaccines and pet licensing in the Toronto area.
This year, the City of Toronto is also partnering with Petzlove Pet Food to provide free cat and dog food through pop-up pet food banks at Chip Truck events. Residents can pick up free cat and dog food with the purchase or presentation of a valid city pet license while supplies last.
Provincial regulations require dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies when they are three months of age or older. At the mobile clinic, a TAS veterinarian will vaccinate and microchip the dog.
The cost of a microchip and rabies vaccine is $15 for a cat and $25 for a dog. Pet owners who already have a valid city pet license pay $10 for a microchip and/or rabies vaccine. Pet owners may qualify for reduced taxes or exemptions from their income. Proof of income is required to apply at the event, e.g. 2021. Q4, 2021 assessment, Ontario Disability Support Program or Ontario Works statement.
Registration for the event is not required, and services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Pet owners must have their dog on a leash while attending Chip Truck events and cats must be kept in the animal truck. Participants are asked to bring a photo ID.
A registered microchip gives owners the best chance of finding their pet if it runs away or gets lost. Animal shelter workers, veterinarians and animal control officers are constantly looking for microchips to quickly return lost animals to their owners. All cats, dogs and rabbits that are adopted through city shelters are also microchipped.
The city also requires pet owners to obtain a license for their cats and dogs, which must be renewed annually. After purchasing a pet license, residents will have the option to enroll in the BluePaw incentive program to receive discounts at select pet stores and grooming shops. For more information on the BluePaw Incentive Program, visit the city’s BluePaw Partners website.
in 2021 TAS shelters received more than 1,700 lost pets. Residents should ensure that their address and contact information relating to their microchip and pet license is up to date to make it easier to reunite them with their pets if they get lost.
Additional chip truck dates and locations are available on the City Minibus website.
“Toronto Animal Services’ mobile Chip Truck is one of many initiatives that have greatly improved animal welfare in the city. It’s exciting to see her return to communities across Toronto this summer to provide support to residents who may find it difficult to access these services.
– Mayor John Tory
“As a Toronto-based company, we not only love our dogs and cats, we also understand the importance of community, and partnering with the City of Toronto has given us a wonderful opportunity to give back to Torontonians.” The city has created a wonderful initiative that allows us to share delicious Superfood meals with Toronto pet owners who may be struggling financially. At Petzlove® Pet Food, we strive to give our dogs and cats the best, just like we treat our children!
– Hank Liu, CEO of Petzlove® Pet Food
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