We all do everything we possibly can to keep our pets safe in our homes, but every now and again, something unexpected happens and one of our dogs or cats gets loose in the neighborhood. If we’re very lucky they come right home when they’re called, but for those other times, having a microchip implanted can make the difference between having them returned safe and sound and having them lost forever.
Why take the risk?
GET YOUR PET MICROCHIPPED
Microchip technology is a simple elegant product of our high tech age. No bigger than a grain of rice, a pet microchip and enrollment in a pet recovery database brings lost pets home and provides peace of mind that your beloved companion will never wander unknown. The chip is not a tracking device. It will not tell you where your pet is at all times, but it will unconditionally identify him and connect him to you through the database when he is scanned. Virtually all animal shelters and veterinary offices across the country are in possession of a scanner and we use them whenever a dog or cat is presented as a stray. The number of dramatic stories of pets and families re-united, sometimes over tremendous distances, should be inspiration enough.
But - here are some statistics. The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost some time during their life. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters across the U.S., confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, and the importance of microchip registration. Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families, but the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52% (a 238% increase). Less than 2% of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families, but the return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was significantly higher at more than 38% (more than 2000% better!). Sadly, only 58% of the microchipped animals’ chips had been registered in a database with their owners’ contact information. Surely, the rate of return would have been dramatically higher in the microchipped pets if their chips had been appropriately registered.
So - please let us microchip your pet and please complete the registration process once you take your paperwork home. The procedure is no more painful than any routine immunization or injection of medication, and it could very likely mean the difference between a tragic or very happy outcome for your pet and your family.
The MicroFindr microchips that Fountain City Animal Hospital currently places are registered for FREE directly through PetLink. Always make sure that you keep your personal phone and address information updated to us and to PetLink.