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Microchips to identify your
Success Story! - November 2008
cat, missing for 13 years
was returned to his
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A microchip can save your pet's life, as it did with
George. When George arrived at the county animal shelter,
he was elderly and very ill. If he hadn't had the microchip
implant, he would have been humanely euthanized.
A few facts...
- Pet identity microchips use passive RFID
- You cannot track your pet's location if they have an
- Most veterinarians sell microchip implants, but many do
not scan pets being presented as new patients, unless they
are presented as a stray.
- Most animal shelters and rescue groups
do scan for
microchips when tame pets arrive, but not all.
- To determine the maker of the microchip in your pet, have
your vet or a local animal shelter or rescue group scan your
pet. They should be able to identify the maker as well as give
you the microchip number.
- To alter the record associated with your
you currently must contact the chip maker and pay to have the
record changed. If you move or your phone number changes, you must contact
the registering agency to update your pets' record.
- If you find a tame pet, do not presume it doesn't have an
owner that is looking for it. Contact a local shelter and ask
if they can scan the pet to see if it has a microchip.
- To register your pet click here to find the correct chip maker contact info. You must
contact the chip maker. There is currently a fee associated
with registration and updates.
1. Yes, it is a computer chip. It is similar to the chips used in
transportation payments (Washington DC SmarTrip), product tracking (Purdue
Pharma - OxyContin shipments) and museums (Exploratorium, San Francisco -
eXspot). The chips used for animal implants are passive. They do not
contain a battery and therefore require a scanner to activate the chip.
2. No, you cannot track your pet if it has a microchip, but an animal control agency, shelter or Humane Society can scan the
pet and identify that it belongs to people who will be looking for it. Some chip makers have online services available to
shelters and veterinarians. When your pet is scanned to identify the chip
number, they can use the online registry to identify the registered owner
of the pet. In other cases, the shelter who is holding your pet will contact the microchip manufacturer, who will contact
the veterinarian or clinic who injected the chip.
3. Among the many astounding things we learned after we were reunited with
George is that although most veterinarians do sell microchip implants,
very few will scan a new pet patient being presented for treatment. Of
course they have what they believe are business considerations that
support this choice, however our conclusion after speaking to a number of
them is it's just not something they've ever developed a plan to address
within their business practices. We feel this seems negligent and are
working on a couple of plans to hopefully improve the follow through on
the part of veterinarians and their staff. You should ask your
veterinarian if they scan all new pets that are presented. This is a huge
missing-link in the effectiveness of microchips for identity purposes. In
George's case, he was treated by 4 separate veterinarians during the years he was
missing and not one of them scanned him. In his case, the woman presenting
him was known locally by the animal care community as a self-proclaimed
rescuer (she does not work for and is not affiliated with a rescue group). It should have been obvious that he probably did belong to
4. Most, although not all, animal shelters and rescue groups do scan new
animals for chips. If you adopt an animal from either you should request
the microchip information and inquire whether they have registered the
animal to you with an appropriate service. In some cases, this is included
with the adoption fees. In others you will need to pay a small fee to have
this done. You will possibly be given the paperwork required to do it yourself.
5. If you have been given a pet that has a microchip, you should immediately
take it to a veterinarian for a checkup, and ask them to scan and give you
the chip information. They may be able to identify the maker,
but at least identify whether the pet has a chip. If the vet cannot
identify the chip maker/number, contact a local animal shelter to see if
they can scan the animal for you to get the information.
6. Once you have your pet registered, you will need to be sure and keep the
record updated. If you move or change your phone number, you will need to
contact the registry and update the record. You may need to pay a small
fee. If your alternate contact information changes, be sure to update that
7. It is heartbreaking to lose your beloved pet. Many
families with pets discover one day that their pet is missing.
The process of locating a lost pet is very time consuming and sad. Only
around 10% of pets which are lost are ever reunited with their families. Pets can travel great distances from home when they are lost, and often their families don't think
to look in outlying area shelters when searching for their pet. Often, people work during the days and are unable to visit shelters during their open hours.
It takes a great deal of time to adequately determine whether or not your
pet is in the hands of a shelter or good samaritan. With a microchip
implant, your pet's chances of survival and reunion with you is
substantially increased. If you find a tame animal, be sure to take him/her to a veterinarian or
shelter to be scanned. You could save the family from much heartache if
the animal has a microchip implant.
Many years ago, I had all my pets microchipped. It was a brand new process my veterinarian told me about. She said it was better than a tattoo,
because it could not be altered or removed, and also better than a collar because it won't come off your pet for any reason.
While in theory microchipping is an accurate and desirable method of safeguarding your pet when you
aren't able to watch, not everyone is cooperating. Some veterinarians and
shelters do not
scan all pets. Some of the general population doesn't even know there is such a
thing as microchipping or if they know about the process, they don't understand how it works.
Until Microchipping has become the standard method of identifying pets, a collar and tag is
still a valuable way of retrieving your lost pet.
Update your pet's microchip registration information
Contact the appropriate microchip maker below.
Pet Registration - Primary Pet ID Microchip Makers
AVID Identification Systems, Inc. Opens in new window/tab (http://www.avidid.com)
ResQ Pet Tracking System Opens in new window/tab (http://resq.petparents.com/)
ID's Opens in new window/tab (http://public.homeagain.com/index.html)
George has been found!
After missing him for 13 years, on November 5, 2008 the Sonoma County
Animal Care & Control was able to return him to his original owners.
Read George's story
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