SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With the Fourth of July approaching, San Diego County is offering free microchipping for dogs who may not deal well with fireworks.
Loud, high-pitched noises from fireworks can frighten dogs and every year, some of those dogs get loose because of the sounds.
Last year, San Diego County Animal Services said nearly 60 dogs ended up in their care over the July 4 holiday. The year prior, 67 dogs came in.
"Dogs can panic and they’ll do anything to escape from the noise," Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa said. "That includes digging under, climbing over or even breaking through gates, screens, fences, windows, and doors."
Some of those dogs lost were returned to their owners because they were licensed and microchipped.
To get your dog microchipped, you can bring your canine to any of the three County Animal Services shelters from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, June 27, to Sunday, July 2.
Normally, microchipping would cost $10 but is free during this time.
The three shelters are located at:
- Central Shelter - 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110
- North Shelter - 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
- South Shelter - 5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902
Animal Services also recommends registering your dog with the "Finding Rover" facial recognition app.
Other ways to protect your faithful pet include:
- Leaving your pet indoors in a sheltered, quiet area during fireworks displays.
- Removing dangerous objects your pet may chew because of firework noises.
- Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company.
- Don't leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard.
- Consult your veterinarian if you know your pet gets especially frightened during fireworks.
- Do not leave your pet in the car.
- If you are walking your dog near fireworks displays, be sure they are secured on a leash.
If you locate a lost pet after fireworks presentations, call Animal Services's 24-hour emergency line at 619-236-2341. If you lose a pet during this time, consult Animal Services lost and found website.