Free micro-chipping for pets in preparation for July Fourth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The booms and bangs that come with celebrating for the Fourth of July may cause stress for family pets, but one local organization wants to help in the event that this happens.

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is offering to microchip dogs and cats for free before the holiday.

The Animal Welfare Department’s Deputy Director, Paul Caster, joined KRQE’s This Morning team with tips on how to keep your pet safe. Watch above.

A large percentage of animals that come in to the shelter over the Fourth of July weekend are due to them trying to escape the fireworks. Some owners have not micro-chipped their animals, and this can result in the animal being adopted out to another family.

Micro-chipping will be taking place on Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2 at both their Eastside and Westside Shelters from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information, visit their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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