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Pet Owners Urged to Microchip Before Fires

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July 21, 2010

The County will offer microchipping, rabies vaccinations, dog licenses, and spay/neuter coupons at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Building in Ramona on Sunday, July 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.

“We have rescued hundreds of animals during past fires, and confirming identity and ownership is critical to reuniting lost animals with their owners,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services (DAS).

“A microchip will remove any doubt about ownership and help us bring the animals and their owners together after a disaster. We encourage everyone with a dog or cat to take advantage of this offer. It could save the life of your pet!”

DAS will microchip pets for a one-time fee of $20, which includes the registration. Rabies vaccinations for dogs (four months or older) and cats (three months or older) are $6.  Amnesty from late fees is offered to owners who have failed to license their dog or have allowed their dog’s annual license to lapse. Spay/neuter coupons will be available: $25 for male pets and $50 for female pets.

The department will also be giving away free pet waste disposal bags and pet toy boxes. The event will take place at 16310 state Route 67 in Ramona.

These services are available for residents who live in the unincorporated county or contract cities: San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Santee.

For the protection of owners and their pets, dogs must be on a leash and cats and rabbits in a carrier while at the clinic. For more information, contact DAS at (619) 767-2675 or visit

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