A microchip can help ensure that a lost or missing pet is reunited with its family, even if tags are lost or removed. A microchip is a small transponder, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted just under the skin of a dog or cat (usually between the shoulder blades). The chip contains a registration number than can be traced back to a pet’s owner.
Veterinarians, animal shelters, and humane societies all over the world have microchip scanners and can check any animal for a chip. If your pet is lost and found by an individual or agency, the shelter can scan the dog or cat for a microchip and quickly return it to its owner.
At the Pet Adoption Center, microchipping is offered for a $10 fee during regular business hours (no appointment necessary), and all pets adopted through the Pet Adoption Center are microchipped before they can be taken home. In addition, area veterinarians provide this service to their clients.