Learn how to protect your pet with invaluable pet identification tips
Approximately five million pets are lost each year in the U.S.
Don’t let yours be one of them!
Responsible pet guardians are aware how important it is to have identification placed on our pets 24/7.
But mistakes happen, there are times we take off their collar which holds their identification, maybe for a bath, when they sleep, when they are playing, for health issues, it can be anything. The collar gets damaged, breaks or falls off.
In that moment a door or a gate gets opened, a stranger passes by, a cat or dog or wild animal gets their attention, a distraction of some sort takes place or an emergency happens and your pet becomes a statistic , they are off and running without any identification.
In happens everyday.
Tags are not your only option
Found Animals . org is a great resource to learn how to protect your pet with invaluable pet identification resources.
Reuniting lost pets with their families is the essence of Found Animals and the sole focus of it was conceived in support of a single belief: all lost pets need to find their way home.
Found Animals believes that “By maximizing pet identification technology, specifically micro chipping and registering pets, we can increase the number of lost pets reunited with their families. We can potentially save the lives of more than 20% of the companion animals entering animal shelters each year.”
“Tags and external identification are the most effective way to find a lost pet’s family; however, microchips are the only permanent form of identification”
What is a microchip and how does it work?
A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted beneath your pet’s skin. It contains a unique number used to identify the animal. This number links to your contact information in an online registry that allows shelters, clinics, veterinarians, and humane organizations to contact you if your lost pet is found. The microchip itself does not store your contact information.
I want to get my pet micro chipped. Where can I go?
Many municipal shelters, clinics, veterinarians, and humane organizations offer micro chipping; some even provide low-cost clinics and walk-in services. Call facilities in your area to determine which services are offered.
How much does a microchip cost?
The price of micro chipping services can vary from $10 to $75 or more. Some providers also offer free micro chipping when your pet is spayed or neutered. Call facilities in your area for pricing details. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Adopt & Shop and SNPLA offer low-cost micro chipping.
Does a microchip hurt?
Implanting a microchip is essentially the same as administering a vaccine. While your pet may feel a little pinch, any pain should be over very quickly. No anesthesia is required. Once the microchip has been inserted, your pet won’t even know it’s there.
My pet has been micro chipped. Now what?
After your pet is micro chipped, it is essential to register in an online microchip registry, such as the Found Animals Microchip Registry. Remember, a microchip is not a GPS; the microchip number must be linked to your contact information. For more information, please visit the Pet Owner / Rescue FAQs.
Found Animals microchip registry is a free nonprofit service, click here to find out more The Found Animals Microchip Registry
We want to keep our pets safe and feel confident that we are doing our part. Educate yourself on your options; Micro chipping is one of those options. Make smart decisions.
Take a visit to Found Animals website to learn more ways to protect your pets. http://www.foundanimals.org/
Information provided by Found Animals