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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Animals With Microchipping

Microchipping pets has impacted our ability to locate and return them home. I remember past pets gone missing, years before microchips were used.

When I asked my vet to microchip Teddy Bear, HomeAgain is the brand they used -

I’ve been lucky, over the course of my life I’ve lost count of the total number of pets we’ve had in our home.

Growing up, there was my first dog, Peter, already part of the family when I was born.

By the time I was 18, I had shared my life with three (3) dogs, Peter, Blackie and Fido.

We also had cats, with litters of kittens, too many to remember.

We moved when I was very young, my first dog, Peter, would go missing for weeks at a time, traveling between his old home and the new one. A distance of between 20 and 30 miles.

After my mother in law passed, we adopted her cats. One of them went missing and was gone for weeks. She finally came back all skinny and a mess.

There were other cats who just disappeared, never to be seen again.

All before we had microchipping.

Doggy without a home by Kieran White on Unsplash -
Doggy without a home by Kieran White on Unsplash -

Animals Microchip Registry

We have a lot of resources available to help us identify our pets and help others learn how to return them home than ever before.

The ones listed below, do more than just register a microchip.

  • National Pet Microchip Look-up
  • Pet Chip Registry
  • Register a Microchip
  • ID Tags
  • Rescue Groups
  • FAQ
Your pet’s microchip will be registered at the National Pet Microchip Registration Database, as long as you own your pet.

They have a multi-pet discount - 3 or more pets.

  • Microchip & Register
  • Adopt
  • Resources
  • Products & Registry
  • Professional Resources (free)
You’ll find a great explanation of what a microchip is and is not.

You’ll find good advice here about the importance of your pet wearing an ID tag, even if a microchip is already implanted.

Licensing your pet provides solid proof of ownership. You’ll find other things to consider in regard to licensing your pet here as well.

You can search for pet licensing information specific to where you live on their site.

You’ll also find an Identification FAQ.

If you find a lost pet, go to this site and enter the microchip ID number, then SEARCH.

I didn’t know this:

If you don’t register your pet’s microchip and your contact information into a national database, just having a microchip implanted in your pet, may not be enough.

This service is free for the life of your pet.

They have a strict Non-Solicitation Policy.

This is something to really consider. I’ve decided to take the extra step and register Teddy Bear.

Make sure you take the time to have your pet’s microchip ID number ready, before you start to fill out the online registration form.

Teddy Bear’s microchip, provided by his vet, is from HomeAgain. Finding his microchip ID number was easy. After logging in, the information is right at the top of the screen.

The only snag I hit during the registration process is not having the “Clinic/Organization with your microchip records” information, including the phone number ready before starting to register.

If you take the time to prepare by having your information ready, registration is easy and quick.

  • Microchip Registration and Updating Tips
  • How to Check and Update Microchip Information
  • Getting your pet’s Microchip number
  • Getting your pet’s Microchip type/brand
  • Checking and updating Contact Information
  • Part of the Found Animals Foundation
  • Universal - Register any brand including:
  • Microchipping of Animals FAQ
  • Literature Reviews
  • Market Research Statistics
  • Reference Guides
  • Reports
I hope you take the extra step to microchip your pet. We are already connected to our pets in so many ways. Why not make sure your pet can find their way home if they get lost.

My Best to You

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