San Diego, June 22, 2018 – The Spay-Neuter Action Project of San Diego (SNAP), announced that 376 chips were implanted during free microchipping clinics across San Diego County, at Sweetwater High School in National City, Central Elementary School in San Diego, Kempton Elementary School in Spring Valley, and Fallbrook Feed in Fallbrook, on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

SNAP is a 501C3 non-profit organization, in operation since 1990, to reduce the number of companion animals euthanized in City and County-run shelters.  They are known as the first organization in San Diego County to reduce pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters in the first place. Their affordable spay/neuter services are brought directly into communities struggling with too many surplus animals.  An average of 500 combined cats and dogs are altered each month inside the “Neuter Scooter” surgical bus, by a California State licensed veterinary team. Over 60,000 companion animals have been altered since 2003.

Every year, like clockwork, pets who are brought to large venues during Fourth of July celebrations, end up spooked by fireworks. “The loud popping sounds and large crowd of unfamiliar people can disorient pets, so they literally run for their lives, if left off-leash,” said Dorell Sackett, SNAPs executive director.  The microchipping clinics held right before the holiday, will increase chances of pets reuniting with their families, if brought to a veterinary office or animal shelter by a good Samaritan, following County-wide celebrations. Each clinic location, staffed by SNAP and members of the San Diego Rescue Coalition, offered the opportunity for 100 pets to get chipped by veterinary professionals, and have their information put into the national pet registry, on-the-spot.  Pet owners arrived early and happily waited in line, especially the lady who was thrilled to get all six of her chihuahuas chipped, instead of just one!

SNAP urges pet owners to eliminate the risk of losing pets temporarily, or permanently, by keeping them at home while the Nation celebrates Independence Day.  Extra treats for pets or a ride in the car next day can help make up for being left at home for their own safety. Please consider this recommendation.

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