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County Considers Microchipping a Lucky Charm

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March 10, 2011

Pet owners are encouraged to have their animals microchipped, vaccinated and licensed this Sunday, March 13, at the County Department of Animal Service’s San Diego shelter, 5480 Gaines Street.

The event runs from noon to 2 p.m., and pet owners who take advantage of the services will receive a variety of free pet gifts.

“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early and give your pets a lucky charm by having them microchipped!” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “Microchipping pets is critical to confirming identity and ownership. The chance of a lost pet being reunited with an owner is increased if the pet is microchipped.”

Video: Microchip reunites beagle, owners.

“Pet owners always feel distraught and helpless if they can’t find their lost pet,” Danielson continued. “We encourage everyone with a dog or cat to take advantage of this offer. Having that lucky charm 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 microchip 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.  

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 in a carrier while at the clinic. For more information, contact the County Department of Animal Services at 619-767-2675 or visit


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