If your pet needs a vaccine or microchip, the Temple Animal Shelter can help you out this weekend.

Alejandra Arreguin with the City of Temple tells us the Temple Animal Shelter is working together with Animal Medical Care and Central Texas Lost & Found Pets to offer a clinic this Saturday, June 26 from 12 PM to 3 PM at 620 Mama Dog Circle. They'll even be offering free vaccines, plus microchip implantation and registration, to the first 50 pets brought in.

If you are a pet owner who hasn't registered, vaccinated, or microchipped your pet, this is a great opportunity to do so. Vaccinations are important for your pet to live a nice long and healthy life, and microchipping them can help reunite you with them in case they get lost or stolen.

For those looking to catch up on vaccines, Animal Medical Care will handle vaccines, with rabies shots costing $10 and DHLPP, DHPP, Bordetella and Rattlesnake at $20.

Central Texas Lost & Found Pets takes care of the microchips with the first 50 pets chipped and registered for free. Limit two pets per household. Following the first 50, it's $10 for regular with free registration and $12 for mini with free registration.

This is a first come, first serve event and will last 'til 3 PM or until supplies run out.

This is a cash only event.

Have questions or need more info? Call Temple Animal Services at 254-298-5732 or email ashelter@templetx.gov.

If you're further west in our listening area or looking to save a little scratch on vaccination, the Copperas Cove Animal Shelter is hosting a low-cost vaccination clinic Wednesday, June 23 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Ogletree Gap Pavilion, 1878 Post Office Road. You can also get a city license and microchip as well, and you don't have to be a Copperas Cove resident to participate. It's a cash or check only event, though.

These events tend to fill up quickly. It's been my person experience that you should get their early and be prepared to wait. Treats for your pets to help keep them focused can help.

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