SAN DIEGO–Now through July 3, San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping for all animals in anticipation of the 4th of July holiday – when shelters typically see a substantial increase in lost pets. July 4th 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 4th celebrations. “There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals that we receive the day after a big holiday, like the 4th 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 microchips for all pets through July 3 at the San Diego Humane Society campus locations: 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego; 3450 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido; 572 Airport Road and 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside. No appointment necessary, open 7 days/week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Register your dog’s photo for free at Finding Rover http://www.findingrover.com/.