New campaign: 4-legged friends need TLC - KCTV5

New campaign: 4-legged friends need TLC

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

According to a new campaign from Spay and Neuter Kansas City, your four-legged family members, need a little TLC, or tag, license and (micro)chip.

When people first think of the term TLC, they usually say they give their pets plenty of tender, loving care. But the new campaign wants people to take steps to save their pets' lives and keep them out of overcrowded shelters.

The tag, license and chip campaign allows people to get the procedures at a very low cost in an effort to make sure 10,000 metro pets can always be found.

Pebbles was among many dogs who have visited Spay and Neuter Kansas City to get microchipped. That and the two other procedures cost only $30, thanks to the nonprofit.

"Thousands of pets enter our area shelters every single year and most of them are not reclaimed or reunited with their pet owners because they are missing one vital piece of information," SNKC President Michelle Rivera said.

Rivera said rabies tags aren't enough. The tiny microchip that is dwarfed by a dime can always bring a pet home.

"We've sold over 8,500 rabies vaccines last year, and not that many pet owners are putting those tags on their pets. We are taking it one step further and the microchip is a part of that package," she said.

Pebbles keep her owner Anthony Encias safe.

"She is a lot of company for me, especially when we are traveling, she won't let nobody near the car," Encias said.

That's why Encias made sure they won't have troubles if they were ever to part.

"She's my sweetheart," he said. "Oh yeah, she doesn't want anybody around me."

If animal control ever finds a person's lost pet, they can use the microchip and tags to return them for free. Pets who are licensed in Kansas City, MO, get one free ride home.

People don't have to make an appointment for their pets – they can just walk into Spay and Neuter Kansas City's low-cost vaccination clinics Fridays and most Saturday at 1116 E. 59th Street – at the corner of 59th Street and Troost Avenue.

Click here to check out the next time and date of the low cost clinics, where all three procedures cost a total of $30.

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