SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego county residents will have a chance Sunday to include pets in their disaster preparations, in light of the massive power outage which left millions without electricity, county officials said.
The county's Department of Animal Services will host a pet microchipping clinic set to begin at noon at its shelter at 5480 Gaines St. in which pet owners can have dogs, cats and bunnies microchipped for a one-time fee of $20.
The cost includes registration; and can get dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies for $6.
Dog owners can license their animals at the clinic as well, with amnesty from late fees given to owners who failed to license their dogs or have allowed the licenses to lapse, county officials said. For the protection of both the owners and pets, dogs must be leashed and cats in a carrier while at the clinic.
Thursday's power outage served as a chance for San Diegans to reflect on whether they still need to prepare for unexpected emergencies, including making arrangements for their pets.
"During a fire or other emergencies, pets often get separated from their families," County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson said. "A microchip greatly increases the chance that those animals will make it home again after the trouble has passed."
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