December 6, 2023
A canine dressed up for Independence Day. San
Diego Humane Society picture

Whereas July 4 could also be enjoyable for people, fireworks may be scary for his or her four-legged pals.

The San Diego Humane Society on Friday inspired “pet dad and mom” to take steps to stop their animals from ending up in shelters in the course of the vacation, and the group will waive license and microchipping charges by way of Sunday.

Payment-waived licensing and free microchipping will likely be accessible in particular person at SDHS campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside or San Diego throughout enterprise hours.

San Diego Humane Society officers stated they’re providing the incentives as a result of Independence Day sometimes results in a pointy enhance within the variety of stray animals in shelters, that are already full.

The SDHS “has been over capability all 12 months,” and enters the busy summer season months with much less area than earlier than, officers stated.

Dr. Gary Weitzman, SDHS president and CEO, stated the group has “by no means been on this scenario earlier than, getting into the July Fourth vacation having been over capability for greater than six months.”

“We will’t stress sufficient how vital it’s for pet house owners to have a plan to maintain their pets protected — even for the sudden, like unscheduled fireworks, of their neighborhoods,” Weitzman stated.

Residents who reside inside San Diego Humane Society’s jurisdiction can obtain a one-year license, with data accessible at

Data on in-person visits to license a canine is at

Microchipping appointments may be scheduled at

Together with licensing and microchipping to maintain an animal protected, the SDHS additionally recommends:

  • collars with tags with the proprietor’s telephone quantity
  • scheduling an appointment with a veterinarian to debate stress-reduction remedy for pets earlier than fireworks start
  • arranging for a pet sitter if the pet’s proprietor received’t be dwelling, as a manner to assist the animal keep calm
  • creating a house sanctuary by defending a pet from exterior noise and lights, and ensuring a house’s doorways, home windows and yard are safe
  • not leaving a pet outdoors unattended, particularly main as much as and on July 4

In accordance with SDHS, “statistics present one out of each three pets will develop into misplaced throughout their lifetime, and just one in 10 will likely be discovered.”

The July Fourth vacation is an particularly dangerous time, because the noise related to fireworks and celebrations have prompted animals to leap fences out of concern or confusion.

Knowledge from 2022 confirmed that SDHS took in 275 stray canine, cats and different small animals misplaced between July 4 and July 7, and solely 16% of these pets had been reclaimed.

All SDHS shelters will likely be closed on Monday, and Tuesday. Residents who discover a stray pet over the vacation ought to search for identification on the collar and speak to the proprietor if doable. Publish pictures and an outline on social media. Discover extra assets can be found at

In associated information, San Diego County is charging diminished charges of $17.76 for all pet adoptions by way of Sunday, as a part of the “Purple, White and Woof” occasion.

In accordance with the county, the purpose “is to offer lots of the loveable canine, cats, chickens, rabbits and different pets their independence day from the shelter to begin a brand new household life.”

All cats, canine and rabbits will likely be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped, and canine may even have a license, based on the county. A canine license will likely be even be included.

These wishing to undertake might browse material/sdc/das/undertake.html.

County shelter walk-in hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the South Shelter, 5821 Sweetwater Street in Bonita, or the North Shelter, 2481 Palomar Airport Street in Carlsbad.

To avoid wasting time, residents might fill out a pet adoption type at material/dam/sdc/das/pdf/types/adoptionapplication.pdf.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.