In advance of the Fourth of July, the San Diego Humane Society will offer free microchipping of animals on select days at all of its campuses.
Shelters typically see an increase in lost pets that end up at their doors on July 5, San Diego Humane officials say. Loud noises from fireworks and revelry can terrify dogs, some of which jump fences out of fear and confusion, the group notes. Licensing and microchipping helps reunite lost pets with their owners faster.
The San Diego Humane Society is offering microchipping at the following times and locations:
- San Diego Humane Society San Diego Campus, 5500 Gaines St., every Saturday in June from 9 to 11 a.m.
- San Diego Humane Society Escondido Campus, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, every Sunday in June from 1 to 3 p.m.
- San Diego Humane Society Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road, every Wednesday in June from 10 a.m. to noon
- All campus locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30.
No appointment is necessary.
“We want to help pet owners take precautions to protect their pets on these busy holidays, which is why we’re offering free microchips so we’re able to reunite pets with their families faster,” said Jennifer Brehler, chief operating officer for the San Diego Humane Society.
Pet experts offer other tips on keeping pets safe on the Fourth of July:
- Try to keep your pets indoors at all times during celebrations.
- Keep dogs leashed when going out for walks.
- Comfort your pets with petting, hugging, talking to them in a soothing voice, providing a treat and staying nearby if possible.
- Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.”
- Avoid the noise by drowning out the sound of fireworks by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.
- Go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing with your pets usual.
The humane society utilizes a facial recognition app, Finding Rover (findingrover.com) aimed at quickly reuniting lost dogs with their owners. It recommends that people register their dog's photo at the site. The service is free.
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