The door opens and Skippy runs out. One of your worst fears has just come alive. Your fur baby, your best friend, your loving companion is now out on his own and running down the street.
You call everyone you can think of to help you locate Skippy. One of the calls you make is to the Humane Society to file a loss report and they ask, “Does Skippy have a chip?” »
What is a microchip and why is it important for your beloved pet? A microchip is a tiny device containing identification numbers that is inserted under the skin of a dog or cat. It is relatively painless and only takes a few seconds to insert. Microchipping can be done at any age; However, we recommend doing this as soon as you welcome a new fur baby into your life.
The number on the microchip is registered for the animal and the owner. The microchips are read by a scanner. Most vets and shelters have them. Microchips are relatively inexpensive and are inserted by a veterinarian or when adopting from a shelter.
Are microchips important? If you want to increase the chances of getting your lost pet back, then yes. A microchip is one of the best things you can do for your pet. It is estimated that approximately 50% of all lost pets are reunited with their families through a microchip.
Please keep in mind that your information must be kept up to date with the microchip company in order to trace your pet.
A lost dog or cat, if found, is brought to the Huntingdon County Humane Society. One of the first things a staff member does is check for a microchip. Without the microchip, there is little chance of locating the owner who may be frantically searching for their beloved pet. Unless the owner has called the shelter and provided information for a loss report, it is unlikely that the owner and pet will be reunited without a microchip.
Unfortunately, the animal is often placed for adoption after the custody period has expired if the owner cannot be located. With a microchip, the animal’s family can be notified immediately and the animal can be returned.
If ever my beloved daisy should get lost, I want to do everything I can to bring her back with me. This includes a microchip with up-to-date information.
Skippy has been missing for two days now and was picked up by a Good Samaritan and taken to the Humane Society. Can you find Skippy right away thanks to an electronic chip?