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Microchip Monday: Mika’s Lost Dog Story


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The biggest fear of any animal lover is losing a pet.  Whether it’s your dog running out the front door, someone accidentally leaving the side gate open for your cat, or your bunny rabbit escaping through a hole in the backyard fence, pet disappearance is a reality, and it happens far too often.  There is no guarantee that your dog is ever safe from ending up on a “lost dog” poster, which is why microchipping your furry friend has become a necessity.
Alfredo and his dog, Mika, are one example of how microchips have brought many animals and their families…

21 Microchip Monday: To Re-Chip, or Not to Re-Chip?


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Have you ever been told that your pet’s microchip no longer works, or cannot be picked up by a scanner?  Perhaps someone claimed it was an “international microchip” that won’t be read in the United States.  Or, maybe your pet’s microchip has migrated from the shoulders to another part of the body.  If so, you’ve probably asked yourself a common question: Does my pet need a second microchip?
People often email us asking whether they should re-chip their pets, and we always give the same answer: it depends.  A microchip is usually good for the life of the pet.  It…

2 Microchip Monday: Pet Gadgets and RFID Technology


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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is the force behind all pet microchips, including Found Animals chips.  These RFID devices are tiny transponders, smaller than a grain of rice, which can be implanted in pets and carry unique identifying numbers.  However, pet identification isn’t the only use for microchips.  They are also used in plastic tags, ID key-cards to track clothing in stores, linens in a hotel room and a wide range of other items.  Knowing RFID has such broad applications, we at Found Animals are always looking for smart new applications of microchip technology in the pet care arena.

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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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


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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…

Microchip Monday: Adding Notes to Your Pet’s Microchip Registry Account


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When animals come into an emergency facility with severe injuries, staff members make quick decisions that may quite literally mean life or death for those pets. High treatment costs, risks associated with performing surgery without an owner’s consent, and the desire to minimize an animal’s suffering can cause animal professionals to euthanize pets when their owners cannot be reached immediately. Even when owner contact information is up-to-date in a microchip registry, the delay between an injured pet arriving and that owner actually making contact can spell disaster.
Your pet deserves better! Fortunately, there is a quick step you can take…

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,…