CHIPS CAN HELP LOCATE LOST ANIMALS AFTER A FIRE; MORE CLINICS PLANNED IN OTHER LOCATIONS
June 27, 2010 (Alpine) – San Diego County’s Animal Services Department will offer a clinic from 12 noon to 2 p.m. today at the Alpine Sheriff station, 2751 Alpine Boulevard. Pet owners can have their dogs, cats, rabbits or other small animals microchipped for a $20 fee—just in time for fire season.
The clinic will also provide $6 rabies vaccinations, plus spay/neuter coupons at $25 for male and $50 for female dogs and cats. Amnesty from late fees will be provided for owners who renew lapsed dog licenses.
In prior wildfires, hundreds of pets became lost amid the confusion of evacuating homes. Microchipped pets can be quickly scanned by County shelter workers or veterinarians, substantially increasing the likelihood that a lost pet will be reunited with its owner.
The County will offer similar clinics from 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday at County animal shelters in Bonita, San Diego, and Carlsbad.