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‘Chip-n-Clip’ goes to the dogs

Free dog grooming, discount microchipping and a fundraiser for lost animals in Superior and Douglas County are planned at a “Chip-n-Clip” event Sunday in Superior.

The event runs 1-4 p.m. at Miranda’s Smooch a Pooch Salon, 1827 Iowa Ave., Superior. Dog owners can bring their pets in for a free basic grooming and discounted-cost microchipping, a simple procedure that helps return them home if they are ever lost.

Participants also will donate cash and needed pet items to the Humane Society of Douglas County, which provides care for stray pets found Douglas County and soon in Superior.

“With warmer weather on the way, it’s a great opportunity to get our dogs looking sharp and also make sure that they are protected with a microchip if they are ever lost,” said Dr. Amanda Bruce, a veterinarian who will be offering microchip placements and registrations at a discounted rate of $30.

Superior Animal Hospital also will assist with microchipping. Dr. Jody Berquist said she has seen cases of stray animals brought in for veterinarian care and reunited with their owners after microchips were discovered in scans of their backs, where the microchip usually is placed.

“Without the microchip, the pets would not have found their way back home,” Berquist said. “It’s a safe and easy way to permanently ID your pet.”

This is the second year for the Chip-n-Clip event. Last year, it raised about $700 in donations for local spay-neuter programs.

“This year we are supporting the Humane Society for all of the good work they do protecting lost pets in our community,” said Brooke Jussila, co-owner of Miranda’s Smooch a Pooch. “We’re happy to make pets look beautiful. We’re asking for donations to make this an even safer community for lost pets.”

Donated pet care items most needed by the Humane Society of Douglas County include collars, non-retractable leashes, paper towels and toys. A full list is available at

Basic grooming sessions at the Chip-n-Clip event will include trims of the dog’s face, feet, hindquarters and nails, along with nail polish and a bow or bandanna. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at the event.