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County encouraging residents to have pets microchipped before wildfire season

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County residents are being encouraged to get their pets microchipped before wildfire season so displaced animals can be identified and returned.

"We have rescued hundreds of animals during past fires, and confirming identity and ownership is critical to reuniting lost animals with their owners," said Dawn Danielson, director of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.

"A microchip will remove any doubt about ownership and help us bring the animals and their owners together after a disaster," she said.

The county Department of Animal Services will offer microchipping, vaccinations and licensing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Saturday's "Cardiff Dog Days of Summer" event along Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

The cost to have an identifying microchip implanted in a pet is $20, according to the county.

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