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Microchips Can Save Lives!


According to the American Humane Association, one out of every three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Studies among shelter animals show that those animals who have been microchipped have a significantly higher likelihood of being reunited with their owners.


Some owners may feel that their pet doesn't need to be microchipped because they stay indoors but sadly these pets are the most likely to become lost when they accidentally get outside as they are unfamiliar with navigating the sights and sounds of the outside world.

A gloved hand places a microchip needle under the skin of a dog just behind it's shoulder blades
A black and white cat is scanned for a microchip

How Microchips Work

A microchip is a small radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number and is roughly the size of a grain of rice. When the microchip is scanned by a vet or shelter, it transmits only a unique identification number. There’s no battery, no power required, and no moving parts.


If your pet is found and brought to an animal care facility (shelter, vet clinic, animal hospital, etc.) they can be scanned for a microchip using a microchip reader that is passed over the skin. Once a microchip is found, the facility should follow the appropriate steps to report the lost pet. You should then receive a call immediately and be given information about where to pick up your pet.

The microchipping procedure is safe, easy, and relatively inexpensive. The microchip is injected under the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. This can be done effortlessly in a regular office visit.

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