July Fourth is a festive day of celebration for people, but it can be a terrifying time for pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks. Pets spooked by the noise have been known to jump fences out of fear, resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering shelters after July 4th.
“The day after a big holiday like July Fourth, we often see an increase in the number of stray animals we receive,” said Beau Archer, VP of animal welfare for San Diego Humane Society. “We want to help pet owners protect their pets on these busy holidays. This is why we’re offering free microchips. We want to be able to reunite pets with their families faster.”
San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping on select days in June for dogs and cats in anticipation of the July Fourth holiday.
The best way to ensure your pet will find his way home should he ever becomes lost is microchipping. The free microchipping vaccination clinics will be held at the following times and locations:
Escondido Campus: 3450 E. Valley Pkwy.
- June 10 and 24 from 9-11 a.m.
Oceanside Campus: 572 Airport Road
- June 20 and 27 from 10 a.m.- noon
San Diego Campus: 5500 Gaines St.
- June 23 and 30 from 8-10 a.m.
If your pet does go missing, ensuring your pet is microchipped and licensed will assist in a quick reunion. San Diego Humane Society also utilizes a facial recognition app, Finding Rover, to quickly reunite lost dogs with their owners. It’s one more tool to get pets home faster. Be sure to register your dog’s photo on Finding Rover. It’s free! Learn more and register here: http://www.findingrover.com/.