Nothing makes an Irving Animal Services officer happier than reuniting a lost pet with its owner. To ensure more pets are returned to their families quickly and without incident, Irving Animal Services (IAS) employs its S.O.S.: “Strays off the Streets” program that works to return lost pets to their homes. Many of the animals found roaming are not strays; they’re valued family members. With no identification, they can wander lost for quite some time, risking injury or worse.
To help, Irving residents can purchase ID tags and microchipping for their pets at the Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane. Microchipping service is $10 and includes implantation of the chip and registration with 24PetWatch. ID tags are available for $3 to $5.
To pre-empt the stray problem, Animals Services encourages owners to keeps pets safely contained or on a leash at all times. Also, spay or neuter pets to stop the urge to roam. Immediately report a missing pet to Animal Services, and visit the shelter to look for them.
IAS field officers keep chip readers in their trucks. If a four-legged family member gets out, an officer can read the chip, find the home and return the dog or cat immediately without taking it to the Animal Care Campus. That keeps pets safe and off the streets.