One in three pets will be lost during its lifetime. Tags and collars can easily slip off or be removed. Microchips are permanent and lifelong. The tiny, one-of-a-kind, computer chip is injected deep under the skin between the shoulder blades of the animal. It is about the size of a grain of rice and once implanted causes no discomfort to the pet.
Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to the owner, and the owner’s information is kept in a database. If the animal is lost, the number can be traced and the pet can be reunited with its owner. All animal shelters are required to scan each and every animal received for the presence of a microchip. Although there is more than one manufacturer of microchips, scanners are universal and will detect every commonly used brand of chips.
Once your pet has the permanent microchip implanted, it is EXTREMELY important to update contact information (phone number and address) with the microchip company each time it changes.
Every dog adopted through our shelter receives a microchip as part of the adoption process. Responsible pet owners who desire a permanent means of identification for a family pet can request this service from the Animal Shelter. Microchips can be purchased and implanted at the Shelter for $20.00.