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Residents Urged to Microchip Pets Before Disaster

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November 12, 2010

Pet owners can have their animals microchipped, vaccinated and licensed at the County Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad on Sunday, Nov. 14 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pet owners taking advantage of these services will also receive free pet gifts.

Video: Microchip reunites beagle, owners.

“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 County Animal Services. “A microchip will remove any doubt about ownership and help us bring the animals and their owners together after a disaster. There is no better time than now to microchip your pet to keep it safe in the event of a disaster or if your pet becomes lost.”

 The Department of Animal Services shelter is located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad. Animal Services 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. Cats are not required to be licensed.

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

For more information, contact the County Department of Animal Services at (619) 767-2675 or visit

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