Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o-lanterns and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups, but they can be seriously scary for our pets. Opening doors for trick-or-treaters provides plenty of opportunities for spooked pets to flee, resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering the shelter after Halloween.
“There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals we receive the day after a big holiday like Halloween,” said Beau Archer, VP of animal welfare for San Diego Humane Society. “We’re offering free microchips so people can protect their pets and reunite with them faster should they become lost.”
In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, San Diego Humane Society will offer free microchipping at select vaccination clinics at the following times and locations:
- Escondido Campus: 3450 E. Valley Parkway
Every Sunday in October from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Oceanside Campus: 572 Airport Road
Every Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to noon (except Oct. 3)
- San Diego Campus: 5500 Gaines St.
Every Saturday in October from 8 to 10 a.m.
Microchips will be available while supplies last, so we recommend arriving early. If your pet is already microchipped, please make sure your contact information is current. Microchips are always available at all campuses (no appointment necessary) for $15.
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. Be sure to register your dog's photo on Finding Rover. It’s free.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/2xBv1nW.