The San Diego Humane Society is doing free microchipping for pets throughout the month of October. Owners can get their cat or dog microchipped at any of their three locations in Oceanside, Escondido and San Diego.
“We see a huge increase the day after Halloween of stray animals coming into our care,” Rebecca Rojas of the Humane Society tells NBC 7. “There’s a lot of trick-or-treaters, doors are being opened and closed and animals are getting out of their homes, unfortunately. But if you have your animal microchipped, it’s much more likely we’ll be able to return your animal to you.”
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and goes right underneath the animal’s skin between their shoulder blades.
“When they get scanned, if they come to the shelter or a vet’s office that will have microchip scanners it will get scanned,” Rojas adds. “Each animal has its own ID number and that ID number has all of the information that’s registered to the owner. So: name, number, address.”
Microchipping is free from 9 to 11 a.m. every Sunday at the Escondido campus, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at the Oceanside campus and every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the San Diego campus.
Microchipping normally costs about $15 and is available every day at all of the campuses.