A lost pet that cannot be returned home because of lack of identification is a sad and frustrating situation. According to the American Humane Association’s website, 15 million dogs and 9 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States annually. But only 19% of dog owners and 3% of cat owners recover their lost pets. While collars and ID tags are extremely valuable tools in returning lost pets to their homes, tags and collars can be removed, lost or damaged when a pet is on the loose.
A Microchip is permanent, affordable identification your dog or cat can always wear. The microchip is injected under the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades. The chip stays in place and bears an ID code detected with a
handheld scanner. Almost all pounds and animal shelters in the U.S. have been supplied with the scanners by the microchip’s manufacturer. For a small fee, the American Kennel Club registers each pet’s personal ID code so it
can be traced back to the owner.