Pets can receive a free microchip, a tag in an effort to help pets remain better identified with owners

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga’s furry friends are being treated to a free microchip clinic and pet tag event to wrap up January.

The Educational Society for the Protection of Animals will organize the clinic from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, January 29.

Education manager Jeanine Cloyd says the event is a great opportunity to make sure that if the pet goes missing, there’s a better chance it can return home.

“If you find a dog in the middle of the street, you can look at that tag and call that person right away,” Cloyd said. “The microchip is their backup because when there’s no tag or they’ve lost one, then the chip is where it comes into play.”

Cloyd says that properly tagging and microchipping your animals will ensure they don’t end up at the shelter with no way of knowing who owns them.

She encourages those interested to show up early and hopes this event is just the first of many to come.