Protect Your Canine Companion!

Dog license and microchip clinic April 8 at Rose Tree Park


Delaware County dog owners have a unique opportunity to enjoy a walk in the park, while enhancing their dog's safety by getting a 2017 license and a free microchip all at the same time.

County dog owners are invited to get their four-legged friend a current state-mandated dog license plus a microchip at a License and Microchip Clinic, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 8, rain or shine in the Maintenance Building adjacent to the Hunt Club at Rose Tree Park, Route 252 and Rose Tree Road, Upper Providence.

Delaware County Council is partnering with the Delaware County Kennel Club to provide free microchips to any Delaware County dog. A small electronic chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, will be implanted in the dog and scanned on site to ensure it is functioning properly.

Staff members from the licensing department of the Delaware County Treasurer's Office will process dog license applications at the event. A dog with a microchip is eligible for a lifetime dog license for a fee of $31.50 if the dog is neutered and $51.50 for all others. The fee for an annual license for a spayed or neutered dog is $6.50; for all other dogs, the fee is $8.50. Senior Citizens 65 or older apply for the discounted lifetime spayed or neutered fee of $21.50 the lifetime Male/Female (unneutered) fee of $31.50 or the Annual License fee for a Spayed/Neutered dog of $ 4.50 or Male/Female (unneutered) fee of $6.50.

"We all value our pets and it is heartbreaking if they get lost," said Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr., owner of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. "Having a current license paired with a microchip is the best way to ensure a lost dog is quickly and safely returned to its owner."

The Kennel Club and Delaware County Parks and Recreation are donating the microchips for this event and representatives from the Kennel Club will be on hand to provide information on dog care.

When a lost dog has a microchip, people who find the dog can have the chip read by a local veterinarian or humane officer to locate the owner.

If a lost dog has a current license, anyone who finds the dog can get the owner's phone number through the County's Return a Lost Dog feature on the county website at www.co.delaware.pa.us. By entering the license number, the user can access the owner's contact information.

To protect owners and their pets, dogs must be on a leash while attending the event. Microchips will be available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. NO flex-lead leashes are allowed to maintain control.