Reported by Patch Local Editor Toni McAllister:
Regardless of where you live in Riverside County, you can get your dogs and cats microchipped, and spayed or neutered -- all for free -- as part of a county program being offered through the summer months, it was announced Thursday.
Riverside County’s veterinary clinic at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus is offering the free surgeries beginning Aug. 5 for pets owned by Riverside County residents. There is no limit on the number of pets per household.
Anyone who has already booked an appointment for the San Jacinto clinic prior to reading this news, will also receive a free pet surgery.
The easiest way to book an appointment is through Animal Services’ Web site, www.rcdas.org, or by calling the clinic at 951-791-3720. A direct link to an online appointment form for the San Jacinto clinic is:
The clinic is open Mondays and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus is located at 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto, 92582. The county clinic is not affiliated with the Ramona Humane Society.
The county is offering a social-media incentive, too. Anyone who “Likes” the county’s new Facebook page for the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus – simply found by searching for “San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus” – will get a free microchip. Please let clinic staff know you have liked the Facebook page and they will confirm the information to provide your pet with a free microchip.
“We heard a lot of positive comments about the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus during the Mountain Fire incident when we helped Idyllwild-area evacuees by caring for their pets,” Director Robert Miller said. “Another thing we heard is that folks didn’t know the shelter existed. We think this surgery special is a great way to help put the San Jacinto shelter on the map.”
The county Department of Animal Services will be using grant funds to offset the costs of the special. The special will run through the rest of summer, with a possible extension, if future grant funds become available.
Palm Desert and Coachella Valley residents can take advantage of the program at The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.