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A benefit for pet owners and the community

This Saturday, in an effort to improve animal control in Crook County, the Humane Society of the Ochocos is offering free microchipping at Pioneer Park for the first 600 animals brought to them for the service.

They can offer the service for free thanks to a grant from Facebook that not only paid for the chips, but also four scanners that were distributed to the Prineville Police Department and Crook County Sheriff’s Office.

We feel pet owners should take advantage of this offer and help local law enforcement and the shelter keep pets where they belong — in the home.

A problem commonly faced by HSO?and local authorities is stray dogs and cats that either present a nuisance to other community members — or even worse, pose a threat of physical harm.

In addition, every stray without owner identification that gets picked up ends up in the Humane Society, adding financial stress to the no-kill shelter and taking up limited space and resources. Don’t forget that $72,000 of local tax dollars go to the shelter every year.

For those pet owners unable or unwilling to attend the microchipping event, we encourage them to license their animal, and provide a way for local authorities to return them. Also, take measures to prevent them from running away in the first place.

By doing their part, pet owners can help keep the streets safer and enable HSO and local law enforcement to make the best use of their resources.

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