If every dog and cat were to have a pet microchip, and the microchip were registered to the owner, there would be millions of happy endings to lost pet stories every year. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and can be injected into any pet, any size – even a pet mouse! It’s harmless to the pet, and because it provides positive ID, it takes less than a minute for a shelter or veterinarian’s office to determine who Fluffy belongs to.
Animal shelters and humane societies are full of lost dogs and lost cats that belong to people. Beloved pets wait there as strays hoping to go back home. Unfortunately, far too many pets are never reunited with their owners simply because they had no pet ID tags and no microchip.
Groups that advocate the pet microchip, would like to see all dogs and cats microchipped as a standard procedure at veterinarian’s offices just like vaccinations and spaying or neutering. The cost is very reasonable, from $20 – $60 for the injection. HomeAgain ®, an organization that promotes pet microchipping and provides lost pet services, stresses that enrolling in a pet recovery database is essential for protecting your dog or cat because the pet owner’s contact information is stored in a database, not the microchip. HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service proactively helps you find your lost dog or cat. They also remind you to update your information on the database whenever you move or your phone number changes.