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Microchip and license your pet before July 4th

Fireworks and pets typically don’t mix well.

At Multnomah County Animal Services’ shelter in Troutdale, intake of animals can increase by as much as 25 percent during the Fourth of July fireworks season, according to a press release the shelter sent out.

“Microchipping and licensing your pets greatly increases the chances of the animal’s safe return if it gets lost,” said Animal Services Director Mike Oswald.

On Sunday, June 30, the animal shelter at 1700 W. Columbia River Highway is offering a low-cost clinic for pet owners to microchip and license their animals, and to vaccinate their pets for rabies.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. microchips cost $25 per pet and rabies vaccinations plus exams are $15.

For more information, go to multcopets.org.

Golf tournament benefits Make-A-Wish

The 26th annual Howard Rist Memorial Golf Tournament is on Friday, July 12, at Gresham Golf Course. Technical Fabricators, a Gresham metal fabricator, is sponsoring the event, which will benefit Make-A-Wish-Oregon.

The tournament is in memory of Rist, a Gresham man and founder of Technical Fabricators, who died of cancer 27 years ago. Rist was an avid golfer who enjoyed helping the community and supporting local charities.

To participate, or to help sponsor the fundraiser, contact Katie Loeb at 503-957-2982 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep pets safe in the heat

The forecasted hot weather could be deadly for dogs and cats.

Oregon Humane Society has passed on a list of “do’s and don’ts” for keeping your pets safe in the hot weather. Here are somethings not to do.

n Do not take your pet in the car with you as the inside of a car heats up very quickly.

n Don’t let dogs ride in uncovered pickup beds as a hot metal truck bed can burn your pet’s paws.

n Do not leave pets unattended outside when it gets too hot.

n Do not play fetch with your dog during the hottest part of the day. Walk your dog in the cool of the evening and morning.

Visit oregonhumane.org for more information.