Written by Jennifer Rheingold
Collar: $4.79. ID Tag: $11.99. Pet microchip: Priceless.
While microchipping your pet isn’t actually free (although registration can be!), it is a fairly cheap and easy ‘procedure’ that helps ensure your companion can get home quickly if ever lost. Not only is it safe for your pet, but it also helps ensure a level of identification that a collar or ID tag can’t always provide. Your pet’s microchip won’t fall off, it won’t break, and you won’t even notice it’s there! So besides costing anywhere between $20-50, it really is priceless.
Maggie and Chris Ellicock learned the true value of a microchip when their two-year-old Chocolate Lab, Sadie, disappeared not too long ago. As loving pet parents, Chris and Maggie do all they can to keep Sadie and her Jack Russell Terrier brother, Pistol, happy dogs. They are well exercised, properly fed, and adored beyond belief. But as many animal lovers know, dogs are curious creatures and Sadie is no exception.
Both Chris and Maggie left for work on Thursday morning as they always do. Somehow, someway, when they were out of the house, Sadie decided to leave the house, too. It wasn’t until Chris checked his voicemail later that afternoon that he and his wife learned of Sadie’s escape. Maggie was shocked: “We didn’t even know she was missing until Chris got the call. Someone from the shelter called and left a message.”
It turns out that after Sadie had got out of the house, Animal Control found her and took her to the nearest shelter. She wasn’t wearing a collar, so the staff scanned her for a microchip. That’s where the magic happened: the scanner found Sadie’s chip, they input her chip number into a search tool and found her family’s information registered on the Found Animals site. They immediately made the phone call to Chris and alerted him that Sadie was safe and found at the shelter.
“I’m glad everyone contacted us promptly and I’m glad we were notified. For her escaping and being lost, it worked out well.”
Even though it all worked out, Maggie is still stumped as to how her girl escaped. “We’re still trying to figure out how she got out. There’s no holes, no broken fences or open gates.” Sometimes, pets just get out. It’s part of being a pet owner.
“This goes to show, we didn’t put the collar on her and she got out. If we didn’t have a microchip, who knows if we would have gotten her back.”
While collars and tags are great ways to clearly identify your pet, they don’t always stay on. It’s also common to forget to put them on in the first place. In this case, a microchip was the only thing to ensure Sadie’s return home, and we know they can help ensure your pet gets returned if lost, too!
For more information on microchips and pet identification, check out www.foundanimals.org for facts, graphics, and more!