Microchipping & Lost Pets
Collars and tags can break, but microchips are forever!
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple and fast procedure that provides permanent identification. A veterinarian implants the microchip (which is about the size of a grain of rice) underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is done with a syringe- no anesthesia is required.
If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter, rescue group, or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip for its unique serial number. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Implanted chips are permanent and registration is lifelong. (You may pay an annual fee if you want additional services, but you don't have to in order for your pet's microchip to be registered). If your contact information changes- you do not need a new chip- just update your address/phone number online.
Believe it or not, 1 in 3 pets will be lost at some point in their life- what do you do?
1) File a lost pet report with every shelter and animal control office within a 60 mile radius of your home and visit or contact the nearest shelters daily if possible.
2) Get the word out to all vet clinics in the area. If your pet has a HomeAgain microchip registration, contact them at HomeAgain.com and this can automatically be done for you.
3)Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day- enlist friends or family to help.
4)Check in with your neighbors.
5)Place flyers with a recent picture in the neighborhood and public places. To avoid scams, when describing your pet, leave out one characteristic and ask the person who says they have found your pet to describe it.
6) Post about your lost pet on pet recovery websites such as http://lostdogsillinois.org/
7)Make a post on your Facebook page or other social media outlet.
8) Place food and water outside your home in case your pet returns when you aren't there. Consider using a humane pet trap to capture them.
Microchips can be invaluable for lost pets! If your pet isn't microchipped, please talk to your veterinarian about having one implanted. Microchips are a permanent means of identification for your pet and the registration links your pet with your contact information.