One in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. Without proper identification, 90 percent will never return home. By microchipping your pet, you can greatly increase your chances of finding your furry friend should he or she become lost.
The Animal Foundation offers low-cost microchip implantation for cats and dogs seven days a week through our Low-Cost Shot Clinic (no appointment is necessary).
Microchips are implanted just beneath the skin of your animal, and are registered with owner information. Chips are read using an electronic scanner. At our shelter, and most shelters across the country, animals are scanned for a microchip if picked up by Animal Control, upon arrival at the shelter and before humane euthanasia, if necessary. If a microchip is detected, the shelter staff retrieves the owner’s information from the microchip manufacturer and will attempt to contact the owner.
Microchips are the size of a small grain of rice. Implanting a microchip is easy and involves only a quick injection. It is no more painful than receiving vaccines, and there is no recovery time for your pet.
No. Microchips do not allow for the tracking of your pet. They only provide owner information when scanned.
Microchips can provide your animal with its best opportunity for a happy return home. The Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association showed a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent for dogs who are microchipped, compared to a rate of just 22 percent for dogs who enter a shelter and are not microchipped. Similar increases were seen for non-microchipped cats, whose return-to-owner rate of less than two percent increased to more than 38 percent for cats who were microchipped.
Microchips ARE NOT effective if the ownership information is not kept current. When your information, such as phone number, changes, please contact your microchip company to update your information.
Contact information on the major microchip companies is listed below. As of 2016, The Animal Foundation uses Found Animals brand microchips (prior to this, we used Save This Life and Home Again brand microchips).