Dogs playing. Photo Credit: Peter Wadsworth from Wikimedia Commons.

Lose weight, be a better person, find a new job … You’ve made the same New Year’s resolutions year after year, how about something new for 2019 that benefits your four-legged furball?

Start 2019 off with a pawsitive by putting Fido and Fluffy at the top of your list. You’re sure to get a sloppy kiss or two, or at the very least a couple of happy tail wags as a big thanks.

Need an extra incentive? If you live in the unincorporated area and get a new license for your dog in January, County Animal Services will throw in a rabies vaccination for free.

Don’t live in the unincorporated area? You can still obtain a rabies vaccination, and a microchip too, but the fee will be $25 for each service.

Additionally, County Animal Services has seven tips for 2019 to help you keep your pets safe and healthy:

  • Make sure both your dog and cat are vaccinated against rabies.
  • License your dog.
  • Register your dog and cat with Finding Rover, which can help you find them if they’re lost.
  • Micro-chip your dogs, cats and rabbits. If they’re already micro-chipped, make sure your information is current.
  • Get your dog and cat spayed or neutered.
  • Create a disaster plan for your pets.
  • Give your pet attention, play catch with your dog, toss a toy to your cat and have fun.

Appointments aren’t necessary for microchips or rabies vaccinations. Stop by at either one of the county’s two shelter locations in Carlsbad or Bonita during regular business hours. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For general information about County Animal Services, visit