New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

The New Year is here and if you’re making resolutions, make this the year you put Fido and Fluffy at the top of your list so 2019 gets off to a “pawsitive” start.

Need an extra incentive? If you live in the unincorporated area and get a new license for your dog in January, County Animal Services will throw in a rabies vaccination for free.

Don’t live in the unincorporated area? You can still obtain a rabies vaccination, and a microchip too, but the fee will be $25 for each service.

County Animal Services has seven tips for the New Year:

  • Make sure both your dog and cat are vaccinated against rabies
  • License your dog
  • Register your dog and cat with Finding Rover, which can help you find them if they’re lost
  • Microchip your dogs, cats and rabbits. If they’re already microchipped, make sure your information is current
  • Get your dog and cat spayed or neutered
  • Create a disaster plan for your pets
  • Give your pet attention, play catch with your dog, toss a toy to your cat and have fun.

Appointments aren’t necessary for microchips or rabies vaccinations. Stop by at either one of the County’s two shelter locations in Carlsbad or Bonita during normal business hours. They’re open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For general information about County Animal Services, visit

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact