Category: Pet Microchipping

City of L.A. Declares June 21st “Microchip Day”


Found Animals Staff on city hall steps

In the historic John Ferraro Council Chambers of Los Angeles City Hall this morning, Councilmember Paul Koretz and the City declared Friday, June 21 “Microchip Day” in the City of Los Angeles.

A longtime animal welfare advocate, Councilmember Koretz hosts a “Feline Friday” several times a year in Council, during which a cat from one of the City’s shelters is brought into Council for adoption by an audience member. We are grateful that he is also giving visibility to the ever-increasing need for pet identification in the form of microchips. Koretz is joined by the City’s Animal Services General Manager…

Microchip Monday: How to Talk to Your Vet About Microchips


veterinarian scanning a cat for a microchip

Animal lovers often ask us, “How can I help lost pets in my area?” For the average pet owner, carrying around a universal microchip scanner and humane cat trap to wrangle strays simply isn’t realistic, but there are still several actions you can take to protect your community’s pets. One of the simplest ways to help is by empowering your local animal experts to get lost pets home quickly. Talking to your veterinarian about microchips is an easy way to save lives and reunite pets with their families. Give it a try on your next vet visit!

Here are five…

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


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…

4 Microchip Monday: How Big is a Microchip Exactly?



Every day in the United States, 10,000 pets get lost. That is one cat or dog every 7 seconds! Having your pet microchipped with up-to-date contact information in a microchip registry can greatly increase the chances of a fast and happy reunion.
For its small size, a microchip can make an absolutely HUGE difference in your (and your pet’s) life. We always say that a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice but how big is a microchip exactly? We thought it might be fun to show you how microchips stack up to some other tiny items.…

Infographic: Why Microchip?


why should I microchip my pet infographic

Did you know that a pet is lost every seven seconds? That is a scary statistic for pet owners. Thankfully, you can protect your pet by providing it with external identification and a registered microchip with up-to-date contact information. It is amazing how many more pets make it back home thanks to a registered microchip. We developed the infographic below to highlight the issue of lost pets and what you can do promote a safe return for your cat or dog.…

From Tragedy to Triumph: How Found Animals Was Found(ed)


From Tragedy to Triumph: How Found Animals Was Found(ed)

How could you see this and not want to help?

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeastern U.S. with a barrage of wind, rain, and surging seawater. The toll on human life and property was enormous – for pets, the consequences were just as grave. An estimated 600,000 pets died or lost their homes; many were unwillingly abandoned as their human families relocated to temporary shelters and despite emergency preparedness plans and months of rescue work by vets, rescue groups, animal shelters, and other good Samaritans, many surviving pets were never reunited with their families.

For Los Angeles surgeon and…

Microchip Month is Almost Here!


2 little dogs

Microchip Month is almost here! Beginning June 1, Found Animals is making it our mission to get the word out to pet owners nationwide about microchipping their pets, and registering their microchips on our free microchip registry . We have blogged before about the lost pet crisis; a registered microchip greatly increases the likelihood that your pet will be returned to you.
Shelters report that microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to be reunited with their families and microchipped cats are reunited 21.4 times more often! We always recommend an external collar and tag with the owner’s contact info,…

Microchip Monday: 16 Reasons to Microchip


photo courtesy pf WCNC

Are you looking for one good reason to get out there and microchip your dog and/or cat?
How about 16 good reasons? Click over to Buzzfeed and check out 16 heartwarming snapshots of lost dogs reunited with their families. Here is one of our favorites:

For more information on microchipping, visit our microchip FAQ page.
To register your pet’s microchip, visit the Found Animals Microchip Registry. Our registry is FREE and always will be.
Do you have a story to share for Microchip Monday? Leave a comment below.…

Microchip Monday: Spay4LA Community Health & Pet Fair


young girl holds white dog

Last Saturday, Spay4LA hosted an event called the South Los Angeles Community Health & Pet Fair. The fair was held at the Constituent Service Center in South Los Angeles, and it was a huge success!

Spay4LA provided free services to the public all day, such as vaccinations, microchipping, and pet grooming. In fact, the mobile clinic microchipped 75 pets at the event – so important when it comes to fixing this lost pet crisis.

There were also complimentary services for the pet owners. Everything from blood pressure tests to haircuts and manicures. And for the kids? They had a blast…

Announcing Microchip Monday!


smiling girl with mixed breed dog

Hello everyone! It is our pleasure to introduce a new bi-weekly series here at The Water Bowl called Microchip Monday.
As you know, at Found Animals, our goal is to eliminate euthanasia of animals in our shelters. There is no “one size fits all” solution to achieve this, and we work with and rely on others in the animal welfare community to help us tackle the problem from all angles.
Pet adoption, spay and neuter, pet owner education, and pet ID including microchipping and registration all play a role in helping to reduce the number of animals in our shelters.…