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Microchips to identify your pet!

RESCUE DOG VILLAGE dogs are microchipped before they are adopted. But, if you have a second pet you may want to consider microchipping that dog as well.

Many families with pets find one day that their pet is missing. The process of locating a lost pet is very time consuming and sad. Only around 10% of pets which are lost are ever reunited with their families. Pets can travel great distances from home when they are lost, and often their families don’t think to look in outlying area shelters when searching for their pet. Often, people work during the days and are unable to visit shelters during their open hours. It takes a great deal of time to adequately determine whether or not your pet is in the hands of a shelter or Good Samaritan.

Microchipping involved place a computer chip in the epideral layer of your pet’s skin. With a microchip you cannot track your pet at home, but an animal control agency, shelter or Humane Society can scan the pet and identify that it belongs to people who will be looking for it.

The shelter who is holding your pet will contact the microchip manufacturer, who will contact the veterinarian or clinic who injected the chip, who in turn will contact you. It is better than a tattoo, because it cannot be altered or removed, and also better than a collar because it won’t come off your pet for any reason.

The virtue of a microchip is that because the shelters are given the scanners for free, they are able to identify your pet without you. Of course it doesn’t cover all the eventualities of losing a pet, but it certainly increases the chances of recovery. It also safeguards your pet from being destroyed by a shelter once the animal’s stray time is over. Not all shelters do adoptions, and sometimes the screening process for animals would prevent your pet from being considered “adoptable”.

It is important that everyone become aware of microchipping, that is the only way the system will work and pets can be recovered. While in theory microchipping is an accurate and desirable method of safeguarding your pet when you aren’t able to watch, not everyone is cooperating. Not all shelters are scanning pets, and most of the general population doesn’t even know there is such a thing as microchipping or if they know about the process, they don’t understand how it works. If people who find lost pets and keep them at their homes to avoid turning them over to a shelter don’t know about microchipping, the pet’s chance of finding it’s family is diminished because private citizens will probably not be buying scanners.

Until Microchipping has become the standard method of identifying pets, a collar and tag is also recommended and may still be one of the best ways of locating your lost pet.

We all need to get information to the public. As more people learn about microchipping, it will become a more accurate and successful method of reuniting pets with their families, and thus eliminating the destruction of good pets that end up in a shelter.








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