Swift Current’s animal shelter is helping pet owners be proactive in the event their four-legged family member goes missing, with a microchip clinic this weekend. 

Fundraising manager for the Swift Current SPCA, Ashley Muhle, said the quick and simple procedure will be discounted on Saturday as part of their fundraiser event. 

“We have a barbecue, garage sale and microchip clinic happening right here out at the shelter,” she said. “We'll have hot dogs, pops and chips for people to purchase to support the shelter, as well as the garage sale going on [with] pet supplies, household items, all sorts of different things.”  

Microchip insertion takes just a few minutes and is done at the shelter. Once the microchip is placed under the animal’s skin, it stores the owner’s contact information. If the animal goes missing and is brought into a shelter or vet clinic, the chip can be scanned to find its owner. 

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and community members are encouraged to stop in and ask any questions they may have, browse the items available for purchase, or meet the adoptable canines and felines.