Microchipping is one of the best tools a pet parent can use to ensure their pet will return home if he or she ever gets lost. The microchips work by communicating a pet parent’s information to a finder so the lost pet can be swiftly returned to his or her family. Keeping your microchip registration up to date with the latest contact information is an essential part of the plan to get your pet back home quickly.
A pet can become lost at any time and for an untold number of reasons, so a microchip is a safety net to help that pet get back home safely! According to a 2009 study published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a dog has a 52% chance of returning home if microchipped but only a 21% chance of returning home if not. Cats have a 38% chance of returning home if microchipped; an astonishing 1% chance of returning home if not.
How to Check for a Microchip
Local veterinarian clinics and animal shelters can scan a pet for a microchip. Once you have your pet’s microchip number, visit http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ and enter your pet’s microchip number. This website will display the microchip company storing your pet’s contact information. Contact that company to confirm they have your current phone number, physical address, and email address. Completing this process may just save your pet’s life!
Get Your Pet Microchipped at WCRAS!
We want your pets at home with you! If your dog or cat does not have a microchip, you can make an appointment to receive one at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s Services Center by emailing [email protected]. Microchips are only $15, and not only will WCRAS staff members implant the microchip during the appointment, they will also register the microchip with the owner’s current information.