Cat and dog owners are being invited to bring their pets down to The Circle in Pinehurst on Saturday for a free microchipping event.
The Combined Local Animal Wellbeing Scheme (CLAWS) is being organised by Swindon Borough Council, the RSPCA, Blue Cross and Cats Protection and will run from 10am until 1pm.
As well as the free microchipping, the CLAWS event will also see neutering vouchers given to pet owners, which will cover the full cost of neutering for cats and male dogs. Female dogs will incur an additional £35 charge and giant breeds, such as Great Danes, will be considered on an individual basis.
The neutering offer is available to the first 75 cats and first 50 dogs. Vouchers will still be issued after this point, but they will only offer a contribution to the full cost. There are no limits on the number of pets eligible for the free microchipping.
Owners will also be offered advice on pet care during the event, which will take place just before the start of the Pinehurst Fun Day at 1pm.
Alison Waine, Swindon Borough Council’s Environmental Protection Officer for Animals, said: “We would not be able to offer events like these without the help of the animal charities and their volunteers and their support is very much appreciated.
“The law now states that all dogs over the age of eight weeks must be microchipped with up-to-date details and owners can face a fine of up to £500 if they do not comply. This event will be run under an amnesty, which means that no-one bringing a dog with outdated information, or that is unchipped, will be prosecuted.
“I must also say a huge thank you to Thameswood Vets who will be carrying out the neutering at a hugely discounted rate. Neutering removes the significant health risks associated with pregnancy as well as the possibility of potentially fatal womb infections (pyometra) and reduces or removes the risks of some cancers in both male and females. It also can reduce straying and other unwanted behaviours, as well breeding litters.”