Almost 70% of lost pets in Renton do not have licenses. Owners of unlicensed pets can be charged up to $250 when reclaiming their animals through the City, but pets found with both a license and a microchip are returned with no charge to their owners.
Fortunately, Renton residents can get their pets microchipped for FREE through a partnership formed by Eastside Veterinary Associates and the Renton Regional Community Foundation. This service is available at Eastside Veterinary Associates, 1700 NE 44th Street, weekdays, on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in time is 11:30 am. Please note: Proof of Renton residency is required.
The microchipping procedure consists of inserting a small electronic “chip” about the size of a grain of rice into dog or cat’s shoulder blade. When the lost pet is recovered, an animal control officer or a veterinarian can scan the animal and retrieve the owner information from the chip.
All dogs and cats 4 months and older are required by Renton laws to be licensed. Residents aged 61 or older who meet certain income qualifications may qualify for a non-transferable license; please call 425-430-6924 for further information.
Information for this article is from the June 2018 Renton City News
A further note from KNA….
Kennydale residents who have lost a dog or cat and are able to recover it are fortunate indeed. Our reality here in Kennydale is: with coyotes now being seen in all parts of the neighborhood, the extended absence of “Fluffy” or “Fido” from your home may indicate that your pet has met an unfortunate end. We believe that very few people willingly let their dogs run free, but some cat owners feel that their cat will be “happier” when it is allowed to roam. This practice is not doing the cat any favors, both in terms of the cat’s unnecessary exposure to diseases, and the possibility that it will become the guest of honor at the Coyote Feast. So please consider making your cat “indoor only”; it will get used to the concept, and it will be healthier as a result!
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