Did you know that May is “National Chip Your Pet Month?” This is great news for your pet! It means that Microchipping is a big deal, and it also means that if he is lucky enough to be microchipped, he will have a better chance at being reunited with you should he ever be lost. It’s an inexpensive commitment to your pet that tells the world that he belongs to you, and you alone. So let’s explore the reasons why you definitely need to microchip your pet.
1. What If Your Pet Goes Missing?
Chances are good that at some point he will. No matter how hard you work to prevent it, accidents do happen. The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. FYI, hanging fliers on telephone poles around town is not a very effective tool for locating your lost friend. A good portion of lost animals, when found, are taken to local shelters and scanned for microchips to locate owners. “Without proper identification, 90 percent of those [lost] pets are never returned home,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of the Department of Animal Services in Los Angeles, Calif.
2. It’s Quick and Virtually Painless
In fact, the microchip is barely larger than a grain of rice. It is similar to your pup getting vaccinations, and is placed in the skin between the shoulders. Several quick seconds, and you can have peace of mind knowing your loving friend has a better chance at being returned to you if he goes missing.
3. It Could Keep Your Pet Alive
Shelters are often over crowded with little room for new strays that were picked up off the street. When they scan your pet for a microchip, it will lead them to you and keep your dog off death row.
4. Proof Of Ownership
Microchips also prove that the dog or cat belongs to you, which prevents the person who finds your beautiful, clean, fluffy dog wandering around the streets from claiming him as their own. There are horror stories out there of people battling to get their pets back, but because you microchipped your beloved pal, you can without a doubt prove that he is yours.
5. It Works
Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase). For cats, less than 2 percent who were not microchipped were ever reunited with their owners. Those with Microchips were returned at over 38 percent. (more than 2000 percent better). You have to actually register your pet though. You can’t just get the microchip and call it a day. You need to get online, register the number to your information, and continue to update it as your info changes. Shelters report that only 58% of pets brought into shelters with microchips actually had them registered with owner info. Get online, and register your pets microchip. It could be the difference that returns your pet to you.