You don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate a free “chip shot”, especially when it means microchips and rabies shots for your pet at no cost. On September 28, those services will be free at eleven locations in the Sacramento region, and in the process, an attempt will be made to set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Guinness record attempt is the brainchild of Cindy Walden of the City of Folsom Animal Services. Walden hopes that setting the record, or even just attempting to, will bring more attention to the benefits of microchipping.
“The real winners will be the pets and their owners,” says Walden, “who, if ever separated, can be reunited because of the chip.”
In addition to a free rabies shot and microchip, altered cats and dogs that have not been licensed before can receive a free pet license for the jurisdiction where they live.
No appointment is needed to receive the free services, which are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For the safety and comfort of all involved, cats must be in carriers and dogs must be leashed.
Walden says that volunteers are needed to assist in meeting the Guinness requirements. Each of the eleven locations are required to have certain witnesses present throughout the entire eight-hour day.
One registered veterinary technician (RVT) must be present to verify that the chip has been given, and two to three “stewards” are needed as well.
Anyone over the age of 18 can be a steward, and the volunteer duty simply involves being a witness and getting a small bit of paperwork signed.
If a location does not have the required RVT and stewards present for the full eight hours, none of the microchips done there will count towards the world record.
Anyone interested in volunteering for a full- or half-shift should contact Walden as soon as possible at email@example.com.
- World Rabies Day and Guinness World Record Attempt
- Sat., Sept 28, 2013
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any of the following locations:
Placer County Animal Services
11251 B Ave.
Auburn, CA 95603
Citrus Heights City Hall
6237 Fountain Square Dr.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
C-Bar-C Dog Park
8275 Oak Ave.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Kittel Family Veterinary Practice
8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 30
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital
10207 Franklin Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Abel Pet Clinic
9098 Laguna Main St.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Folsom City Lions Park
403 Stafford St.
Folsom, CA 95630
El Dorado County Government Complex
330 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Center
2880 Gold Tailings Ct.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation
3839 Bradshaw Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95827