Every two seconds a family companion is lost, and one in every three pets will become lost during its lifetime. Only about 15% of dogs and 2% of cats without permanent identification are returned to their owners.
Approximately 9 million companion animals are admitted to shelters in the U.S. every year. Many of these are euthanized because their owners cannot be found. In one study, 73.9 percent of the owners of pets found, wanted the animals back in their homes, meaning that these were domestic pets that had been lost, not abandoned. But if these pets are not microchipped, there simply is no way for shelters to know who a lost pet belongs to!
That’s why it’s crucial to microchip your pet!! The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Humane Society of the United States all recommend microchipping. Microchips are injected between the shoulder blades, about as quick as a vaccination. The needle never goes into the muscle, and most pets go through the one-time process without so much as a squeak.
Microchipping your pet is NOT expensive… The estimated cost to implant and register a microchip ranges from about $15 to $75. It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll get knowing that if your pet does somehow manage to get away from you, he can easily be scanned and returned to you when found.
Just as important as microchipping your pet is REGISTERING YOUR CHIP AND KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION UP TO DATE! In a study in which owners were not found, the reasons included incorrect phone numbers (35.4 percent), owners’ failure to return phone calls or respond to letters (24.3 percent), unregistered microchips (9.8 percent) or microchips registered in a database that differed from the manufacturer (17.2 percent). Make sure that you keep your registration information up to date.
Identification tags can become lost easily, and tattoos may not always be legible. Only a pet microchip can offer a truly permanent identification. Hundreds of thousands of pets have returned home thanks to a microchip. Give yourself and your family a little peace of mind and have your pet microchipped asap!