If your pet got out over the Fourth of July holiday and ended up at the El Paso Animal Services shelter, there is a good chance it might get adopted sooner than you think. KFOX 14 talked to Shelter officials who say hundreds of animals were taken to the shelter over the Fourth of July holiday, and if those animals don’t have a microchip, they are only held at the shelter for three days before they go up for adoption.

Today is the day those three days run out on non-microchipped pets, so they will be available for adoption beginning today. If an animal has a microchip, the shelter will wait six days before they can be adopted, so you have three more days from today before those animals will be available for adoption.

Shelter officials say microchipping is important for two reasons. One, it’s the law, and two, it helps the shelter to find pet owners before the pets are put up for adoption.

You can get your pet vaccinated against distemper, rabies, and get a city licence and microchip for only $24 at the El Paso Animal Services low-cost clinic they hold every Wednesday. You need to make an appointment, but it is the easiest way to make sure your pet is covered.

WHAT: Vaccination and Microchip Clinic
WHEN: Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Shelter
COST: $24 by appointment only
MORE INFO: 915-212-PAWS