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Updated: 07/30/2014 08:00:03AM

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Cato gets a poke Saturday from Adam Lamb, and now he can be tracked by a GPS device. Jerry Beaty holds the puppy during the procedure.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Jerry Beaty holds still Pipkin Saturday while Adam Lamb gives her a microchip at the SPCA during a giveaway. Her owner, Debra Scherer, brought in five of her cats, only a portion of the 25 she owns, which, she said, already have microchips.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Cato is saying hello to Jerry Beaty Saturday before he gets his microchip inserted. The Huskie, owned by Ashley Zubrin and Aaron McAfee, is something they've been thinking about doing for along time for the 5-month-old puppy.

PHOTO BY JESSICA LAWSON

More than 270 microchips were inserted into cats and dogs Saturday at the SPCA clinic in a giveaway they had. Despite some rain, many stayed in line throughout the early afternoon.

PHOTO BY JESSICA LAWSON

Jerry Beaty takes in this dog while Adam Lamb prepares a shot that will put a microchip into him.

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Despite a couple of light rainfalls, it didn’t stop it from being very hot and very busy at the SPCA Animal Clinic Saturday.

From noon and through most of the afternoon, 270 microchips were given to dogs and cats for free by the SPCA in Lakeland.

The line in the back of the clinic and adoption agency lined the back end of the parking lot. Employees at the shelter not only provided them with bottles of water but they also set up three kid pools for the dogs and cats to cool off. Well, actually it was mostly for dogs. The light rain kept them in line.

There are many instances in which the SPCA, a nonprofit organization, offers free items to the public and for this one, there’s a reason.

“We have hurricane season coming up and it’s important to get them at this time,” said spokesperson Jessica Lawson.

Found Animal Registry provided the microchips, which are a grain-sized chips inserted in the back of the pet’s neck and the number links to your contact information online and allows shelters, clinics, veterinarians and humane organizations to contact you. This organization has the ability to allow people to register the microchip online and update it whenever he or she wishes to, Lawson said.

“Microchips play a critical role in reuniting lost pets with their families,” Executive Director Adam Stanfield said last week before the giveaway.

For information, call 863-646-4647 or visit www.spcaflorida.org/blog.

— Jeff Roslow


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