Identification microchips size and shape of a grain of rice, are encoded with an unique identification number then implanted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. This ID number can be read via scanner at any vets office or shelter – your contact information is linked to the microchip via a registry.
Animals in NYS are legally required to be scanned for a microchip within 24 hours of entering a shelter (although it’s usually the first thing everyone does). This is the fastest way to guarantee your pet will be returned home to you quickly if they are lost.
Once your pet is microchipped, you register them on a registry, like the FREE one found at Found Pet Registry. Often your vet’s office or adopting shelter will register the microchip for you.
If your pet gets lost (we hope not, but it does happen!), once they are found and brought to a shelter or vet’s office, they get scanned for a microchip. Using the ID number on the microchip, the shelter or vet’s office reports your pet as found and you are alerted via the registry.
You and your pet are happily reunited, and you both go home for treat, belly rubs, and a round (or three) of joyous uglycrying because your furbaby is back home!
Your pet’s microchip is only as good as the information attached to it. Only 58% of microchipped pets are registered in a database with their family’s information. Register your pet’s microchip for FREE at Found Pet Registry today!