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It’s a weight off the shoulders of pet guardians.

The BC SPCA’s Pet Registry is helping low-income Vancouver Islanders with enhanced identification for their four-legged friends, donating 500 pet microchips to a local animal clinic this week.

Valuing nearly $6,300, the SPCA says the donation to Helping Paws came as the Nanaimo-based non-profit celebrated its third anniversary on Thursday.

“Helping lost pets return home safely is very important, so I know that this gift from the BC Pet Registry will really make a difference to Helping Paws and their clients,” said BC SPCA senior manager Leon Davis.

Founded by a local veterinarian, Helping Paws works with pet owners who need extra support with basic and essential vet care, providing health check-ups and treatment, as well as flea prevention and nail trimming.

“People love their pets and want to provide the best care possible for them,” added Davis.

According to the SPCA, the BC Pet Registry was launched in 2015 and became Canada’s first centralized database to find lost pets, with over 150,000 now registered in the system.

Today was a special day! We celebrated 3 years of running this amazing clinic, all by volunteer time and donations! We…

Posted by Helping Paws Nanaimo Community Animal Clinic on Thursday, May 19, 2022

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