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 microchipped, you just have your hands full with other expenses at the moment.
Search for low-cost or free microchips:
- Local Animal Care: First call your local shelter, humane society, or SPCA to see what they offer and if they have any special offers, now or in the future.
- Vaccination Clinics: Check your local pet stores and parks for weekend vaccination clinics. Often they will include microchips for free with a vaccination or for a low-price by itself.
- Spay & Neuter Clinics: If you have a low-cost spay neuter clinic or provider in your area, they usually offer low-cost chips too.
- Community Events: There are days (and months) designated to raise awareness about microchips. Do a google search for microchip-related holidays and you may find a free microchipping event happening nearby in the near future.
- Grand Opening Events: Animal-centric/animal-care focused businesses may offer free or low-cost microchips at their soft or grand opening event.
- Your Veterinarian’s Office: It never hurts to ask if your vet will reduce the price on a microchip, especially if you are already there having a wellness exam, for example.
- Pet Stores: Some pet stores may do microchipping on site. If you live in the Southern California area, Adopt & Shop Culver City does microchipping 7 days a week with no appointment necessary.
Tips to help you in your search:
- Keep your eyes peeled and be flexible on time. You may have to wait a little while for a good offer.
- Reach out on Facebook. “LIKE” nearby rescues, animal shelters and community pages and post the question “Anyone know where I can get a low-cost or free microchip?” Online communities are perfect for those types of questions!
- Once you have your microchip, register it for free in the Found Animals Registry. We never charge update or maintenance fees and our registry participates in the AAHA Universal Microchip Look-Up Tool.
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