Category: Pet Microchipping

Microchip Monday: The Front Street Animal Shelter Chip Challenge

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front street animal shelter

This guest post is authored by Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager at the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA.
The City of Sacramento has a population of 460,000 with an estimated 254,000 pets (not counting about 70,000 community cats). Our shelter supports 10,000 lost, stray, abandoned and surrendered pets every year.

The Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento is on a mission to microchip everything with four legs!
Offering $5 microchips has made a big difference in pet owner affordability and the public’s interest in microchipping is on the rise. With over 100 offsite adoption and community outreach…

12 Microchip Monday: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About AAHA’s Pet Microchip Lookup Tool


senior chihuahua

If you ever find a lost pet, hopefully he’ll have an ID tag with the owner’s phone number on it, as this is usually the quickest way to return a pet back to his family. However, if Fido doesn’t have external ID, you’ll need to take him to a local vet’s office to get him scanned with a universal scanner to see if he has a microchip implanted under his skin.
If he has a microchip, the scanner will reveal a 9, 10, or 15 digit microchip number.  Contrary to popular belief, the scanner doesn’t provide owner contact information. It…

25 Microchip Monday: The Case of the Missed Microchip


young woman scanning dog for a microchip

We’ve all heard stories of pets mistakenly euthanized due to microchip mishaps. Playing up the emotional strife owners experience when their beloved pets are lost, many articles miss the core questions: what went wrong, and how can we prevent it from happening again? We need to get these pets home safely!
It’s common to blame chips “malfunctioning,” or migrating, but microchip failure and microchip migration are rarely, if ever, the true culprits. For a microchipped pet to make it home, the whole system has to work in harmony, and the chip hardware is the element that quite literally doesn’t have…

19 Microchip Monday: Match Me If You Can


grey tabby cats

“My pets never leave my side.” “The neighbors all know Fido.” “Whiskers is indoor-only.” These are a few common reasons we hear from pet owners who don’t think microchipping is important.
Many owners believe that their pets are so popular, everyone in town would recognize them and bring them home, making ID tags and microchips unnecessary. However, many municipal shelters serve thousands of animals each year. The odds that local animal care professionals know every lab or tabby cat by sight are pretty slim… even if yours is the cutest.
Lost pets may also look different than they do at…

3 Microchip Monday: Where to Find Low-Cost and Free Microchips



One major reason why pet owners don’t microchip their pets is cost.  The price of microchipping services can vary from $10 to $75, and the total cost can climb even higher if you use one of the many fee-based registries.
The good news is that many organizations want to help you get your pet microchipped.  This means there are always low-cost and free microchop deals and promotions out there, you just need to know where to look!
Here are some different avenues to explore if you are one of the many pet owners who do want to get your pet…

Microchip Monday: Pet Microchipping at Adopt & Shop Culver City


Adopt & Shop Culver City

In addition to dog grooming, daycare, obedience training, dog and cat adoptions and pet supplies, Adopt & Shop Culver City also offers pet microchipping for your cat, dog, rabbit or guinea pig.
You can stop by Adopt & Shop, located at 4235 Sepulveda Boulevard (on the corner of Sepulveda and Culver) in Culver City, California, any time during regular store hours. No appointment is necessary.
The microchip process takes less than ten minutes and an Adopt & Shop associate will complete the registration for free in the Found Animals Registry while you wait. You will also get a username, password…

7 Microchip Monday: Map of Reunited Pets


map of reunited pets

We really believe that microchips make a difference in finding lost pets. To show just how far a pet can travel, I pulled eight stories from the news and illustrated them on this map. Most of these animals were found thousands of miles away from home. None of them were wearing visible identification.  All these pets were reunited with their families because they had microchips with up-to-date information in a registry.

To read more about the individual stories of each pet, click on their name.

  • Willow (Cat) Colorado to New York City – Missing for 5 years, found 2,000 miles

I Gave My Pet Away: What Do I Do with Their Microchip Registration?


white dog with toy

As we all know, pets can change ownership more than once during their lifetime. Changing household circumstances can be an inevitable part of life, and pets may need to be re-homed for a variety of reasons. When a change in pet ownership occurs, one frequently asked question is: What should I do about their microchip registration?

First, it’s important to clarify how a microchip works. When a microchip is implanted in your pet, the chip comes with a unique identification number that will remain associated with the pet for eternity, similar to a social security number that is assigned to…

Microchip Monday: Step Out of the Car Please…


jerk dog cop cartoon

Don’t let your dogs (or cats) get caught cruising without a license, pet ID tag and valid microchip registration!  Cruising with no identification is a great way to end up in the animal shelter, and providing proper identification is part of being a responsible pet owner.
Approximately one in three pets will be lost in their lifetime.  Without identification, many lost pets never make it home.  Microchips and pet ID tags greatly increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
Has your dog been been busted without identification? Share your story in the comments below.…

Microchip Monday: Intercontinental Animals


Photo by nerdcoregirl / Flickr

Traveling overseas with a pet can be a complicated affair.  Every airline and country seem to have a different policy and there is usually no wiggle room to make a mistake.
The internet is full of alarming stories about animals being lost, detained, quarantined and a number of other unfortunate outcomes completely beyond the owner’s control.  However, if you absolutely must transport your cat or dog to another country via airplane, a microchip is mandatory and the chip number must match all other travel documents including pet passport, veterinary and vaccination records.

If you tune in every other week to…