Protect pets with free microchipping

The San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping on select days for all animals in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday – when shelters typically see a substantial increase in lost pets.

July Fourth is a festive day of celebration for people, but it can be a terrifying time for our pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks and revelry. Also, pets spooked by the noise of fireworks have been known to jump fences out of fear and confusion resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering the shelter post July Fourth celebrations.

“There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals that we receive the day after a big holiday, like the Fourth of July,” said Jennifer Brehler, chief operating officer for San Diego Humane Society. “We want to help pet owners take precautions to protect their pets on these busy holidays, which is why we’re offering free microchips so we’re able to reunite pets with their families faster.”

Licensing and microchipping pets helps reunite lost pets with their owners faster. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping at the following times.:

San Diego Humane Society, San Diego Campus, 5500 Gaines St.
Saturday, June 24, from 9 to 11 a.m.

This offer will also be extended at all campus locations on Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment necessary.

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. It’s one more tool to get pets home faster. Be sure to register your dog's photo on Finding Rover. It’s free. Learn more and register here:

Remember to contact your local shelter immediately if your pet is missing. Visit