Helping Pet Owners in Preparation for Hurricane Season

Chips for Change program flyer. Source: SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina
Chips for Change program flyer. Source: SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina

SPCA and Care First Animal Hospital Offer Free and Name-Your-Price Microchips for Pets in Wake and Surrounding Counties

In preparation for Hurricane Season, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County is teaming up with Care First Animal Hospital to change the future for lost pets throughout the greater Triangle area.

The Chips for Change Campaign — a new program — is offering free or name-your-price microchips to pet owners.

Each year thousands of pets are misplaced and never reunited with their families due to lack of identification such as collars, tags, and microchips. Many end up in overcrowded animal shelters, taking up valuable kennel space, and facing euthanasia.

As the Atlantic Hurricane Season is already underway, the SPCA and Care First Animal Hospital are urging pet owners to make sure they are prepared in case of a storm separating them from their pets. The goal for the Chips for Change Campaign is to make sure every pet in Wake and surrounding counties has access to a microchip so that no pet is left behind during a disaster or emergency.

“Losing your dog or cat is one of the most upsetting and stressful experiences for any pet owner,” explains Dr. Joe Gordon, founder, and veterinarian of Care First Animal Hospital.

This collaborative partnership will change the fate of the community’s lost pets by removing the financial barrier for pet owners thinking about purchasing a microchip.

“A microchip ensures that a pet and his or her owners can be quickly reunited,” Dr. Gordon continues. “It is a method of pet identification that can be more reliable than a tag on a collar which pets can easily lose.”

Chips for Change Campaign (June 10-30, 2019)

  • Name your price microchip voucher available via
  • Each microchip will include registration for the life of the pet (Note: It is important to update owner information if there is a change in address or contact information)
  • Participants request a microchip implant appointment at a Care First Animal Hospital location convenient to them by calling or visiting (locations and contact numbers are listed below)

Pay it Forward – If your pet is already microchipped, you can “Chip in for Change” by making a donation at to help pet owners in need of assistance.


SPCA of Wake County

The mission of the SPCA is to transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption. The SPCA is dedicated to creating a more humane community where every adoptable animal has a home. Each year the SPCA rehomes over 3,500 animals through its innovative adoption programs.


Care First Animal Hospital

Awarded as Raleigh’s Best Veterinarian and nationally recognized as a Veterinary Practice of Excellence, as well as America’s Favorite Veterinarian, the Triangle hears about the place where “It Begins With Caring…” through neighbor referrals.  Care First Animal Hospital values Accessibility – “To Be Here When You Need Us Most” and Continuous Improvement to provide State-of-the-Art veterinary medicine.  Care First Animal Hospital offers Complimentary Second Opinions and Same Day Sick/Urgent/Emergency Pet Appointments. Committed to community service, Care First Animal Hospital proudly donates over ¼ million dollars in veterinary services to the SPCA annually.

Care First Animal Hospital Locations:

Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin

1216 Oberlin Road

Raleigh, NC 27608


Care First Animal Hospital at Glenwood

5725 Glenwood Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27612


Care First Animal Hospital at Tryon

6400 Tryon Road

Cary, NC 27518



For more information, visit

Chips for Change program cat flyer. Source: SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina
Chips for Change program cat flyer. Source: SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina


Source: Darci VanderSlik, SPCA of Wake County

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