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County Considers Microchipping a Must!

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May 13, 2011

Pet owners can have their animals microchipped, vaccinated and licensed at the County Department of Animal Services shelter in San Diego this Sunday, May 15, from noon to 2 p.m. The shelter is located at 5480 Gaines St., and owners who take advantage the services Sunday will also receive a variety of free pet gifts.

“Microchipping pets is critical to confirming identity and ownership; the chance of a lost pet being reunited with its owner is increased if the pet is microchipped,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services.

Video: Microchip reunites beagle, owners.

“Pet owners always feel distraught and helpless if they can’t find their lost pet. We encourage everyone with a dog or cat to take advantage of this offer. 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 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