ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque hopes free microchipping will increase the number of lost pets reunited with their owners. Last month, Animal Welfare microchipped more than 1,500 Albuquerque pets for free.

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They say 73% of the animals brought in the last year did have a microchip but were never claimed. The department reminds residents of the importance of keeping up-to-date details linked to your pet’s microchip. If you want your pet microchipped, Animal Welfare shelters provide year-round free service.