Santa Barbara Humane Offers Free Microchips Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend

Howard (SBHumane)

The Fourth of July may be a fun-filled holiday for many humans, but for our pets, it can be one of the most stressful and dangerous times of the year. The loud noises from fireworks and festivities often frighten animals, causing them to escape their homes or yards in search of safety. In fact, statistics show that more pets go missing during the Fourth of July weekend than at any other time of the year.

In light of this fact, Santa Barbara Humane is offering free microchips for cats and dogs now through July 4. To ensure that every pet owner has the opportunity to safeguard their beloved animals during this particularly vulnerable time, the service will be available by appointment only.

Butterscotch (SBHumane)

Microchipping is a simple yet highly effective way to ensure that lost pets can be reunited with their owners. Unlike collars and tags, which can easily be removed or lost, a microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be altered. When a lost animal is found, a quick scan reveals the owner’s contact information, facilitating a swift and safe return home.

“Our mission at Santa Barbara Humane is to be champions for animals and the people who love them,” said Dr. Katie Marrie, Santa Barbara Humane’s Chief Veterinary Officer. ” “We know how heartbreaking it can be to have a beloved pet go missing. Offering free microchips ahead of the Fourth of July is one way we can support pet owners in our community and hopefully prevent that heartache. We encourage all cat and dog owners to take advantage of this free service and ensure their animals are protected.”

Anyone interested in getting their pets microchipped can make an appointment online at


Written by SBHumane

As one of the first animal welfare agencies in the West, Santa Barbara Humane has served our local communities since 1887. Learn more at

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