Starting in April, pet owners can get dogs and cats microchipped at a discounted cost

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall County Animal Control is sponsoring a program that gives pet owners a chance to get their dogs and cats microchipped at a discounted rate.

"Marshall County is sponsoring a chipathon for the month of April in honor of all of the people in the tornadoes over the last couple of years that usually occur in April," Animal Control Director Kevin Hooks says, "There were a lot of pets that were lost or misplaced."

For the month of April, several Marshall County locations are offering a discounted rate for pets to be microchipped through the program by the county's animal control. "Most of the veterinarians are offering a reduced rate of $20," Hooks says, "It usually costs much more."

Dogs and cats are welcome to participate in the program. "If your pet is lost of misplaced and goes to a shelter, all of the shelters are scanning the dogs and cats for microchips. That way we can get it back to the proper owner," Hooks explains.

The procedure doesn't take long and the chip can be read universally. The program will start in April and run through the month.

Marshall County Animal Control is also looking for volunteers to help with adoptions, online work, and fostering. For more information on that, click here.

The entity also has information on its Facebook page.

You can find locations and more information on the microchip program here.