This Saturday, it’s the return of Barkfest, a microchip clinic held at the North Bay and District Humane Society sponsored by Coldwell Banker Peter Minogue Real Estate Inc., Brokerage.

Microchipping offers the public the fastest and most affordable way to track lost pets. The procedure to insert the device is quick and painless, similar to vaccination. Once activated, microchips host information about the pet’s last known address as well as current medical records.

“We recommend getting dogs and cats fitted with a microchip so that, in the event a pet is lost, we can easily connect with the owners and minimize the time the animal is away from its family,” says Liam Cullin, the Society’s Executive Director. Microchips are $25 each or $40 with a new licence.

In addition to offering microchipping and city licenses for sale, Barkfest includes a BBQ and refreshments available to patrons free with a donation.

Advance registration and payment is available at northbayhumanesociety.ca/barkfest for those wanting to skip the line. Barkfest kicks off at 10:00am at the Humane Society, 2060 Main Street West, and runs until 1:00pm.