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County Encourages Responsible Pet Ownership: Microchipping a Must!

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June 8, 2011

Owners can have their pets microchipped, vaccinated and licensed at the County’s San Diego shelter, 5480 Gaines St., on Sunday, June 12, from noon until 2 p.m.

Pet “parents” taking advantage of these services Sunday will also receive a variety of free gifts.

“Microchipping pets is critical to confirming identity and ownership, and microchips greatly increase the chance of a lost pet being reunited with its owner,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “Pet owners always feel distraught and helpless when their pet is lost; having a microchip in your pet will give you peace of mind and could save your pet’s life!” 

Animal Services will microchip pets for a one-time fee of $20, which includes the microchip’s national registration. Rabies vaccinations for dogs (4 months or older) and cats (3 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.

Microchipping and rabies vaccinations are available to all pet owners, regardless of residence. Dog licenses are only available for those who live in the unincorporated area of the County and the County’s contract cities of San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Santee.

To protect owners and their pets, dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier while visiting the clinic.

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