LINDEN, NJ - Linden Councilman John Francis Roman united with residents in town to raise money for a microchip scanner to be used to find lost pets in the city.
The issue was brought to Roman's attention when Linden resident, Vanesa Scozzarro- Reyes, posted an inquiry on the Facebook page "Linden Neighbors" asking if the Linden Police Department had access to a Microchip Scanner for pets that get lost.
Immediately Roman responded stating that he looked into getting one for the City last month but had made no progress himself, adding that he had thought about raising money for one as residents in Union Township had a few months prior.
After speaking with a few residents about the issue, Roman started a gofundme page to acquire the funds with the intentions of donating an Omni Maxx Petfinder microchip scanner to the Linden Police Department.
The gofundme page was created after 10:00 p.m. on April 23 and by the next morning, Roman had raised over $400. The $800 goal was reached by noon of the same day.
"I plan on buying the best universal unit I can with the money graciously donated by the Linden community," Roman said. "My hope is to invite the donors to our monthly Council Meeting so that they can be recognized and so that they can directly hand it to the Police Department."
Roman added that his hope is to spread the word and allow residents to come out to an event to get microchips for their pets.
"It could be a Microchipping/Adoption Day" said Roman. "I am excited about this and I ask the residents to reach out with ideas to make this better. Without their input, this fundraiser would have never happened. The residents input is absolutely vital in order to see Linden succeed."
If you'd like to make a donation to this effort you can visit the gofundme page by clicking here.