Each year, approximately 10 million pets are lost, and approximately six to eight million animals wind up in the nation’s animal shelters. Only 15 percent of dogs and two percent of cats in shelters without ID tags are reunited with their owners, according to the American Humane Association.
Q: Do all shelters scan for microchips when they find a pet?
Q: Do all scanners used by shelters pick up all microchips?
Q: Does the U.S. use a different frequency chip than other countries? Does that mean if I take my pet to another country, their scanners won’t read his chip?
Every year, approximately 10 million pets are lost, and some 6-8 million animals wind up in the nation’s animal shelters. Only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without ID tags are reunited with their owners. To avoid the heartache of losing a pet, American Humane Association encourages all dog and cat owners to give their pets ID tags and/or microchips to lessen the chance of losing them permanently.
Most pets who have been adopted in recent years have been microchipped by the shelters. This tiny electronic capsule embedded under the animal’s skin contains a code which links the pet to its owner through a database. Microchipping provides an additional layer of assurance in the event that the pet’s collar and tag fall off or are removed, and many shelters check for microchips when receiving an animal. Like ID tags, microchips need to contain current contact information. They do little good if you have moved. There are many databases online where you can register the microchip to help increase the chances of reuniting with your lost pet.
1. Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers.
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