Microchips available for $10 at pet expo

Allen County SPCA announced it will offer $10 microchips at the Northern Indiana Pet Expo 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20-21 at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

Microchips are offered through a grant from the Petco Foundation. Microchips are injected under the animal’s skin, at the back of the neck, and greatly increase the likelihood of a lost pet’s return to its owner.

The Northern Indiana Pet Expo is an annual event showcasing hundreds of adoptable pets from around the tri-state region, including many breed-specific rescues. Pet-related vendors, boutiques, artisans and crafters also will be on hand.

Free seminars from area experts on topics such as pet massage, service dog training and pet food selection will be available.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children (free under age 5) and $1 for leashed and healthy pets at the door. Discount coupons are available at Petco, 315 Coliseum Blvd. E.

<br> <center>Fire department celebrates 125 years</center> <br>

Albion Fire Department will celebrate its 125th anniversary at noon July 20. A dedication ceremony will take place 2-3 p.m. at Central Noble High School, 302 Cougar Court, Albion, and antique items from the department’s past will be on display. Mark R. Hunter will sign copies of his book, “Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So with the Albion Fire Department.”

<br> <center>Ms. Wheelchair applications are being accepted</center> <br>

Applications are being accepted for Ms. Wheelchair Indiana, USA. Women must be 18 or older by July 30, 2010, and must be residents or students in Indiana for at least two months. Contestants must use a wheelchair as their main source of mobility, but women who may have use of their legs will not be excluded. State competition fee is $250. Application deadline is May 1. Applications are available at www.MsWheelchairUSA.org or call 1-330-612-5242.

<br> <center>Earth Day pop-up market planned</center> <br>

An Earth Day pop-up market takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 at Downtown Grind coffee house, 200 Pearl St. Twelve vendors will sell handmade items, such as pottery, soap, stained glass, wearable art, paper art, caramels and candles.

<br> <center>Free neutering services for cats</center> <br>

H.O.P.E. for Animals will neuter 100 male cats 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1333 Maycrest Drive. Along with the surgery, pets will also receive a rabies vaccine and a microchip. This event is only for residents of the 46774 ZIP code, and services are free. Call 420-7729 for an appointment.

<br> <center>Rally and discussion</center> <br>

YWCA Northeast Indiana will host an Equal Pay Day rally at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 1610 Spy Run Ave. A continental breakfast and panel discussion takes place 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday at Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. Reservations: Sue Hiatt at 424-4908, Ext. 254, or Shiatt@ywcaerew .org.


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