Keep your pets healthy and safe this summer at my fourth annual 49th Ward Community Pet Day.
The City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control (CACC) will be on hand this Saturday to provide low-cost vaccines, microchips, and Chicago dog registration, plus we’ll be offering $5 nail trims, free pet ID tags, and much more!
The event takes place this Saturday, July 14th, 10:00 a.m., at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers.
CACC has the capacity to assist only 100 pets at this event.
Services will be provided to the first 100 pets on a first come, first served basis. So please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. to register and ensure your place. Pets arriving after 10:00 a.m. may not receive services.
The 49th Ward Community Pet Day helps families and their pets by offering crucial vaccines, education on why it is important to spay and neuter your pet, and microchips so lost pets can be reunited with their owners.
Pets over four months of age must have a current rabies vaccine and dog license or you will be required to purchase them. All animals must be secured either on a leash or in a pet carrier. This event is cash only, and is open to Chicago residents only.
Keeping your furry family members up to date on critical vaccines ensures they will live healthier lives and reduces the possibility of expensive emergency medical care down the road. The following vaccines will be offered (please bring exact change):
- DA2PPL ($7.00)
- FVRCP ($7.00)
- Rabies ($15.00)
Since only one vet will be on hand for this event, vaccines will be limited to the first 100 pets.
Microchips are a permanent method of electronic identification. The tiny devices (they are about the size of a grain of rice) are inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades and allow any animal shelter or veterinarian’s office to quickly scan your pet and contact you.
Fifi the pit bull (see photo on right) was reunited with her family thanks to her microchip. Fifi’s owner got her microchipped at a Community Pet Day in 2015. Last summer, Fifi took a tour of Chicago, wandering away from her home in Garfield Park all the way to Cicero, where she was turned in to the Cicero shelter over five miles from her home.
Her owner says he never would have thought to check a suburban shelter. Fifi is safe at home now due to her microchip.
Every year, thousands of pets are turned in to CACC as strays, and the majority of stray animals reunited with their families are microchipped. Getting a microchip is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet safe.
The vet from Animal Care and Control will have 100 microchips for pets at this event, all FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Chicago Dog Registration & FREE vouchers for spay/neuter appointments
All dogs are required to have up-to-date registration with the City of Chicago. You may register your dog at this event. Alternatively, you register your dog online at the Chicago City Clerk’s website or at any City Clerk office location.
If your dog is ever lost, the person who finds your pet can provide the registration number from your dog’s tag to 312-744-DOGS (3647) so that you may be contacted. Registration is required at Chicago dog parks and many boarding and daycare facilities.
All dogs four months of age or older are required to be registered. Please bring exact change to register your dog at this event.
- $5 for spayed or neutered dogs
- $50 for unsterilized dogs
Unsterilized dog fees are higher because thousands of dogs are euthanized annually or suffer as strays because of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. One unspayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years.
Sterilized dogs are also healthier and have fewer medical problems. In addition, spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to run away or fight with other animals.
The Anti-Cruelty Society has generously donated vouchers for FREE spay or neuter surgeries. Staff will be on hand to provide additional information about how to take advantage of this opportunity.
$5 Nail Trims, Free Pet ID Tags, and more!
We’ll have plenty of other services for your pets. Enjoy $5 professional nail trims for cats and dogs, courtesy of Rogers Bark Pet Salon (1447 W. Jarvis), complimentary pet ID tags from Lost Dog Illinois, collar and harness fittings by Bark Place Boarding & Grooming (1775 W. Greenleaf), a Family Fun Zone with DIY dog toy making thanks to The Anti-Cruelty Society, and pet goodie bags from Edgewater’s PetSmart (5210 N. Broadway).
This event would not be successful without the support of my community partners. In addition to CACC, the Friends of CACC, and the partners I mentioned in the preceding paragraph, I’ve received invaluable assistance and support from State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Please join me in thanking each and every one of my partners.