Dog Licenses, Microchips, Rabies Vaccinations and Free Gifts Available Sunday in Carlsbad

October 15, 2011 | 9:00am

Pet owners can get their dogs and cats microchipped, vaccinated — and in the case of dogs, licensed — from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the County shelter at 2451 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad.

Pet owners who use the services at the Oct. 16 event can also get free gifts such as Frisbees and wristbands.

“Microchipping pets is critical to confirming identity and ownership,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “The chance of a lost pet being reunited with its owner is increased if the pet is microchipped. We encourage everyone with a dog or cat to take advantage of this offer. Having a microchip in your pet will give you peace of mind and could save your pet’s life!”

Pets can be microchipped for a one-time fee of $20, which includes registration of the microchip. Dogs four months old and older, and cats three months old and older, can receive rabies vaccinations for $6. The County will waive late license fees at the event for owners who haven’t licensed their dogs, or who have let their dog’s licenses lapse. And pet owners can get discount coupons that they can use to reduce the cost of spaying or neutering their dogs and cats; $50 toward spaying and $25 toward neutering.

Microchipping and rabies vaccinations are available to anyone. Dog licensing and spay or neuter coupons are available for residents who live in the unincorporated county or the contract cities of: San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Santee.

To protect owners and their pets, dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier while at the clinic. For more information, contact the County Department of Animal Services at (619) 767-2675 or visit www.sddac.com.