If you have a pet, you need to get them vaccinated and microchipped. Not only are vaccines important for their health, but having updated vaccines and a microchip is part of the City's ordinance for being a pet owner.

Getting those things for your pets can sometimes run into money, but this weekend, El Paso Animal Services will be offering free microchips and vaccines, including Distemper/Parvo for dogs or FVRCP for cats, to the first 100 pets that visit Tierra Buena Park in far-east El Paso. The free clinic will be held from 9a.m. to noon this Sunday, January 13.

Officials with El Paso Animal Services say they are getting closer to their goal of having a 90 percent live-release rate of its pets in the facility, but even with this success rate, there are thousands of lost and unvaccinated pets that keep getting dropped off at the Animal Services Center every month. Animal Services say when pet owners make sure their pets are properly secured in their homes or yards and pet owners keep their pets up-to-date on their vaccinations, it goes a long way toward making sure that El Paso gets to its goal of becoming a “no-kill” community.

If you want to be one of the 100 pet owners who can get their pets vaccinated and microchipped for free at Sunday's event, you need to bring your valid photo ID and have your pet on a leash or in a crate. There is no way to call ahead and make an appointment. This clinic for microchips and vaccines is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis this Sunday only.

Animal Services does hold other free clinics throughout the spring. If you can't make this one, find out when the next event will be by logging onto Animal Services on Facebook.

WHO: El Paso Animal Services
WHAT: Free microchips and Distemper/Parvo or FVRCP vaccines provided to the first 100 pets to visit them at Tierra Buena Park Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHEN: Sunday, January 13, 9 a.m. to noon (or until all microchips and vaccines are administered)
WHERE: Tierra Buena Park, 12701 Pebble Hills Blvd.