It is a sad fact that hundreds of dogs microchips and pets and cats go missing every year and are found, perfectly healthy, handed into the local animal shelter which then searches desperately for the animal’s owner . In some cases they are even euthanized. Many of these fine pets had been equipped with identification tags or collars but their collars have often slipped off or, agonizingly, the writing had become illegible. In a recent study involving over 7,700 stray pets, the number of non-microchipped dogs that were safely returned to their owners was just under 22%.
Very few pet owners know their chances of finding their beloved lost pet were as low as one in five. To increase the chances of finding your pet, make sure your pet is properly identified. Your pet should be wearing a collar with an ID tag (with accurate information!). Microchips provide permanent identification and improve your chances of getting your pet returned to you, but make sure you keep your registration information up to date.
Here are some questions and answers regarding microchips.
Q: Will a microchip tell me my pet’s location?
A: Pet microchips are not tracking devices and do not work like global positioning devices (GPS). They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide permanent ID for your pet.
Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip’s ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet’s lifetime.
Q: Why does my pet need a microchip when he already wears a collar with tags?
A: All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their pet parent, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.
Q: Isn’t microchipping only for dogs?
A: Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped.
Cats often do not wear collars, and may not have any other form of ID. A recent study showed that less than 2% of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if a cat is microchipped, the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was not microchipped.
If we receive a phone call saying your pet is found, and you are unable to be reached. We will keep your pet until we make contact with you.