NEGAUNEE — A local no–kill animal shelter is partnering with an area car dealership to give pet owners a free microchip clinic this weekend.
The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, or UPAWS, is giving out 150 microchips in a clinic sponsored by Fox Negaunee on Saturday. The clinic will take place at the dealership, and there is a limit of two microchips per household.
Fox Negaunee regularly partners with UPAWS to bring events like this to the public. However, this is the first time the dealership is sponsoring a microchip clinic.
“We usually do a pet adoption in September or October, but this year we changed it up a little bit,” said Luke Hubbard, General Manager of Fox Negaunee. “Ann Brownell at UPAWS came to us and said they needed to do some microchipping in the area and asked if that was something we’d be interested in doing. And we said absolutely, whatever we can do to help. So tomorrow from 10:00 to 12:30 we’re going to facilitate it here at the General Motors dealership up here in Negaunee.”
Hubbard says that Fox Negaunee’s partnership with UPAWS has been a great way to support the animal shelter for everything they do. He also says that UPAWS has had a big impact on the community, and that events like this free microchip clinic allow them to help even more people and their animals.
“UPAWS does so many great things in our area,” said Hubbard. “We started working with them probably ten years ago, and it’s just been a great organization to pair up with. So we do usually one or two events a year with them. And so many people are touched by what they do, and I know several people who gotten their dogs or cats or rabbits from UPAWS. And it’s something that we hold pretty close to us here at Fox as well.”
The 150 free microchips will be available to any pet owners 18 years of age or older. Lines are expected to be long, so anyone interested in getting a microchip is encouraged to arrive at Fox Negaunee before the clinic officially begins.