Category: Pet Microchipping

2 Microchip Monday: Strange Land – A Halloween Horror Story by Stephen (Bar)King


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When she opened the door, I could sense something was wrong.  She spoke softly to me as she put a leash around my neck but she wouldn’t look at me.  Maybe she was having a bad day.  I wagged my tail and nuzzled her hand.  I had been having a lot of bad days, but no more!  I was off to see my family!  I’ve missed them so much.
She led me out of the cage and down the hallway.  I was so happy I could have jumped the whole way!
Wait.  Where are we going?  This isn’t the way. …

3 Microchip Monday Quiz: Are You a Microchip Mastermind?


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Think you’re a pet microchip expert? Test your “ID IQ” with our microchip pop quiz, and prove you have what it takes to get lost pets home! This is an open-book quiz, so feel free to read our past Microchip Monday blogs if you get stuck. For a real challenge, see if you can guess all ten without using the hints. Ready? Grab your #2 pencils…

1. What do pet microchips do?
A – Contact pet owners when their pet escapes
B – Store pet owner contact information
C – Identify pets with a unique number
D – Alert shelters…

3 Microchip Monday: Pet GPS – It’s Real!


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When I was fourteen, my outdoor cat Meowzer disappeared without a trace. Two years went by without any sight of her. I was sure the worst had happened, but lo and behold, at sixteen I boarded a plane to travel abroad… and as soon as I was out of the country, she mysteriously reappeared. That’s cats for you, huh?

Today’s animal behaviorists and armchair pet-scientists are finding more and more that our pets lead secret double-lives.  Left to their own devices, free-roaming pets explore the neighborhood, meet up with furry friends – and frenemies – and even moonlight with other…

Microchip Monday: Lost in a Windstorm

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yellow lab laying in the grass

This reunion story was shared with our Microchip team by Janet, Buddy’s owner.
Buddy is a 2-year-old golden lab with a personality all of his own.  He doesn’t like to listen, he likes to do things his way, he has really bad allergies;  he’s always itchin’ and scratchin’.  He’s a great dog and we love him to death!

The fence in our backyard blocks a creek behind us.  I nicknamed Buddy “the King of the Antelope” because he’s constantly racing back and forth, barking his head off.
One night we had a windstorm and some of the boards on the…

4 Microchip Monday: How a Microchip Solved a Murder and 4 Other Extraordinary Stories


willow the cat reunited with family

The first story you are about to read is shocking, and as the title alludes, it involves a murder. I’m sharing it here because it is one of the most interesting stories about microchips I have heard. In this case, an up-to-date microchip registration directly affected the outcome for all involved, including the dogs.
Brittany Tavar was a successful woman who was described by friends and family as “not practical”.  She was a woman who marched to the beat of her own drum. In her mid-40s, she lived in South Beach, Florida. She was a photography hobbyist and active in…

3 Microchip Monday: 10 Fundraising Ideas For Your Animal Shelter


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Ever wonder how you can help your local animal shelter (or, perhaps your own facility) raise some extra money? We know that saving pets is not always cheap. Shelters require food and bedding, cleaning solution, medical supplies… not to mention scanner technology. One universal microchip scanner can cost anywhere from $300 to $800 (much cheaper than that and the scanner is likely non-universal). It’s a good chunk of change, but when animals’ lives hang in the balance, shelters can’t afford to skimp on crucial resources like pet ID. Whether you’re an animal lover who adopted your pet from a shelter,…

Microchip Monday: Rescuing Animals from Fires in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Guest blog written by Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO  of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Note from Found Animals: The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region knows a lot about keeping pets safe. They take in over 19,000 pets a year, and are huge advocates for pet identification including ID tags and registered microchips. In fact, as part of their pet disaster planning and response initiatives, Pikes Peak will soon be holding a microchip clinic to provide Found Animals’ low-cost microchips and free microchip registration to pets in areas affected by the recent Waldo Canyon fire.…

Zoe’s Lost Dog Story


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We at Found Animals always try to impress upon our readers the importance of microchipping their pets, and registering the microchip number in the Found Animals Registry. But sometimes without a concrete example it’s difficult to understand the way chips work and see how they can help get your lost pet home.
Here’s a real life account of one little dog who was lost, but then found and reunited due to his registered microchip.
Allie Andersen and her family were looking for a new addition to their existing furry brood of two Chihuahuas. They found Zoe, a long-haired Jack Russell…

19 Microchip Monday: Mandatory Microchipping


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Across the pond in England and Wales, the government  has recently announced a package of measures to help promote responsible dog ownership, including mandatory microchipping. The goal of “Compulsory Microchipping” is to help reunite lost dogs with their owners and to reduce the cost of kenneling found dogs until their owners can be located.

About 60% of owned dogs in the U.K. are already microchipped. By April 6th, 2016, every dog owner in the U.K. must:

  • Have their dog microchipped and registered in an authorized database, or as we say, a registry.
  • Register the details of any new owner before

Home Sweet Home: A Lost Dog Story


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Thursday, February 28th started off just like any other normal day for Debbie. After waking up and getting ready for work, she left her house at 8:00 am to return to the office after taking some time off to care for the family’s newly adopted dog, a gorgeous 9-month-old Siberian husky.
At about 1:30 in the afternoon, her phone rang. Since it was an unknown number, she didn’t pick it up. However, within minutes she received a voice-mail alert, a text message and an email repeating the same information: Her dog, Raider, had been found wandering a busy street, and…