Microchipping your pet

Microchipping is one of the most important elements of pet reunification. While microchips have incredible potential for getting lost pets home, the chip itself is only one component in a complex system involving microchips, scanners, and registries.

Microchipping substantially increases the likelihood of a pet returning home by offering secure, reliable, unique and permanent identification.

  1. Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase).

  2. 1 in 3 pets will become lost in its lifetime.

  3. Collars can come off while a pet is away or can be taken off.

  4. Microchipped pets are held at the shelter up to 5 days longer than non-chipped pets.

  5. Relatively low cost to the pet owner. County shelters often have community outreach programs and events that offer low-cost or free microchipping. Check your local shelter’s website.

  6. It could keep a lost pet alive at the shelter. We all know that shelters, for all the good work they may do, don’t have enough room for all the homeless and lost pets in the world. If a lost pet is picked up and put in a shelter, the clock starts ticking and when that animal’s time is up, it could be euthanized.

  7. It proves that you are the owner of that pet.  There is a slight chance that a shelter could doubt your ownership or that the person who found the pet refuses to give it back.

  8. It really works, there are a number of stories out there where owners and pets are reunited months to years later because the pet was finally scanned.

               –4 years later and across the country, Smoke was found after being scanned for a chip

               –Months later and 100’s of miles away Hope, a dog that was stolen from her home was scanned and brought back to her owner.

               –2 years of living on the street Hachi was “caught” taken to a vet for medical reasons, while there he was scanned and reunited with his family.

               –In just 7 days Gigi was found 1400 miles away from her family.

  1. The process is nearly painless for the animal.

  2. The chip is durable, it is designed to last a lifetime in the pet.

For Businesses:

Offering microchipping to your clients is a great way to add revenue to your business as well as help out your community.  Pet owners should be encouraged to microchip their dog. See above for reasons to chip a pet.  Not only can you offer microchipping in your business, you can also offer to scan pets, adding another value to the community.  Encourage pet owners to register the chips on microchipregistry.foundanimals.org, and other registry sites, that is the only way that the microchipping will be effective.  Not only do owners need to register their chip and pet but they need to keep the contact information up-to-date.


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