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Free microchips could help firework-frightened pets get back home

The Pima Animal Care Center will offer free pet microchipping services at a drive-through clinic, leading up to July 4.

“Pets often are frightened by July 4th fireworks and run away, which is why microchipping is so important,” said Nikki Reck, a spokeswoman for Pima County's animal agency.

Last year, 416 pets were taken in by PACC during the week after Independence Day, Reck said.

The microchips will be offered at the animal shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., from June 16 through July 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pet owners can update their pet’s license inside the main shelter building if they bring proof of a current rabies vaccine.

This summer, PACC will hold several free microchip and vaccine clinics on the South and East sides.

The next free clinic will be June 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at San Miguel High School, 6601 S. San Fernando Ave.

More clinic events can be found on the events section of PACC’s Facebook page.

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Sophie, a proud American pup, at Phoenix National Cemetery, 2010.