Category: Pet Identification

2 Help! My Pet’s Microchip is Already Registered: How to Update Microchip Registration

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white and brown chihuahua

Whether you adopted from a shelter or rescue group, purchased from a breeder, or acquired through a family member or friend, chances are that your pet already has a microchip. And since you were paying attention while reading “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Microchips,” you already know that a microchip must be registered in a database in order for it to actually work.
So then, how do you register a microchip? And even more importantly, what should you do if your pet’s microchip is already registered to the previous owner? We’ve got the answers to all of these questions…

The Power of Social Media: A Lost Dog Story

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field spaniel dog on a boat

This is a guest blog authored and shared by a friend of Found Animals:

We woke up Saturday, April 20th to cloudy skies and the promise of rain, a really atypical morning for spring in Southwest Florida.  We were heading 3 hours north to Ocala to meet our son, a senior at Florida State University, for lunch.  We had his graduation present and Ocala is halfway between Tallahassee and our home, Port Charlotte.  By the time we arrived at the restaurant, the weather had turned really nasty.  It was cold, windy and raining. We met our son at the restaurant…

7 Microchip Monday: How Do Microchips Work? An Illustrated Guide

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microchip illustration

As you may have noticed, at Found Animals, we love microchips!  It’s not just us – most shelters, animal welfare organizations, and rescue groups will tell you that pet microchipping is important, but what does it actually do? We put together an illustrated guide to show you visual learners exactly how microchips work.
A microchip is a tiny piece of electronic equipment about the size of a grain of rice. Much of that small space holds a coiled copper antenna; the actual “chip” itself is only a millimeter or two across. The whole thing is encased in a biocompatible glass…

5 I Found a Lost Pet: 6 Tips to Get Them Home

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cat sleeping on a bench

So, you’re walking down the street and hear the jingle of metal tags … or you see a furry face peeking out of the bushes … or feel the “bump” of a friendly animal rubbing against your legs. Congratulations, you’ve just found a lost pet!

Lost pets can turn up just about anywhere, and with over 10,000 pets lost every day in the U.S., many good Samaritans wind up as unsuspecting heroes by taking the time to coax wayward pets indoors and find out if they have families. Still, unless your hobby is “nerding out” over pet ID (guilty!), you…

Lost and Found: A Collection of Reader Shared Stories

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boy with german shepherd

The Day Buddy Went Missing – By Julia Gale
The year was 2003 and I had the house to myself. The phone rang (my mother-in-law).  During our conversation, my German Shepherd, Buddy, wanted out, so I opened the back door and let him out. I totally forgot about it and 30 minutes later realized he had jumped the fence. I drove for a couple hours searching for Buddy. Buddy was very special to our family, and was a rescue dog. He did not come home that night.
The next day, I made flyers and posted them at the local post…

2 Ullr’s Adventure: A Lost Pup Gets Home with PetHub ID

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Ullr's Adventure Video

My name is Ullr. I live in Seattle with my mom and dad and they protect me with a PetHub ID tag.  It’s a good thing they do, because today, I went on an adventure… a fun, exciting, confusing, lonely and scary adventure.
It started this morning right after Mom left for work. I went about my daily routine. I watched out the living room window to make sure she got in her car safely and waited until she turned the corner at the end of the block. Sigh… that’s the biggest bummer of my day. I know that it’s…

5 Will QR Codes Save Your Pet?

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Photo By Brett McBain / Flickr

You’ve probably seen these little square patterns on everything from grocery bags to magazine ads. And now you’ll be seeing them on pet tags, too! But what exactly are they?
That little square pattern is a Quick Response code – a.k.a. a “QR” code. When you scan this code with your mobile phone or another scanning device, the individual squares and blanks will be translated into text. Usually, the QR code points to a web address with additional information on the product. In the case of a pet ID tag like these beauties from PetHub, the QR code points pet…

Pet Identification Police

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cat wearing houndstooth jacket

Our office pets got all dressed up and walked the red carpet to celebrate Oscar weekend! Though they all look fantastic and would even if they weren’t dressed to the nines, we assembled a “fashion police” team to evaluate them based on whether they were sporting the accessory no pet should ever leave home without: identification tags!
One in three pets will go missing at least once in their lifetime and a pet ID tag is the quickest and easiest way to make sure your pet makes its way home to you. Roughly half of the five to seven million…

11 Why Do Animals End Up in Animal Shelters?

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dog in an animal shelter licking a hand

Each year, between 6-8 million animals end up in animal shelters in the United States.  Ultimately, 75% of all cats and 50% of all dogs that enter those shelters are killed.  Why do they end up there?   The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) researchers went into 12 selected animal shelters in the United States and the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) published their findings for the top 10 reasons that people say that they are surrendering an animal.  Keep in mind that this is only based on those animals that were surrendered by their owner. Many…

A Rescuer’s Worst Nightmare Comes True

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2 ladies holding rescued dachshunds

It’s every pet lover’s worst nightmare.  You find the perfect dog, bring her home from the shelter, and hours later, she’s gone.
For dachshund rescuer Joy, it all happened in the blink of an eye. Within two days of rescuing little Lola (an adorable doxie mix) and sending her home with her new foster parent, Joy received the horrifying call that Lola had escaped. The story? The foster parent had a pet friendly office; she took Lola into work, and Lola bolted when a coworker opened the door.
What’s worse, Lola wasn’t wearing a collar or an ID tag.
Joy…