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

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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 humans in the U.S. The microchip can be scanned and the number detected by any universal scanner at a vet’s office or animal shelter. The number is then associated with the information you have provided on the microchip registry such as pet’s name, age, sex, date of birth and medical information, along with your contact information such as an address and phone numbers.

When you re-home your pet, you will need to transfer the pet’s microchip registration to the new owner, so that the microchip number becomes associated with the correct individual. If your pet is registered in the Found Animals Registry, you can follow the steps below to transfer a pet’s microchip registration to a new owner.

To transfer ownership of a pet that is currently registered to you, log in to your account and click on “My Pets.” Then click on “transfer ownership” underneath the pet’s icon. Once you transfer the pet, the new owner will receive an email to accept or reject this transfer. Until they take action, the pet will remain registered in your account. Once the pet is transferred, it will no longer appear in your account.

If your pet is registered with another registry, such as AVID or HomeAgain, you (or the new owner) will need to contact that registry directly to request for them to update the microchip registration in their database.

As always, the Found Animals Registry is 100% FREE. You will never be charged a fee to use our registry.

Do you have any other questions about microchips and re-homing a pet? Post it in the comments below!