Bella Talks about the Importance of Microchipping
You have just come home from work at the end of the day, but that familiar sound of barking greetings upon your arrival is missing. You think maybe she’s asleep and didn’t hear your car, so you open the door and put down your keys and purse. Continuing through the house you call out her name…expecting her to come bounding down the hall, but she isn’t there. Panic sets in. You look through all the rooms but you don’t find her. You go out to the yard to see if she is there and look from one end to the other, and then you turn the corner and realize the gardener left the gate open…and your beloved pet is gone.
What next? You comb the newspaper over the next few days looking for the “Found Dog” ads. You visit the local animal shelter, walking up and down the rows of runs, filled with dogs that have all become separated from their homes for endless reasons. Some kind person may have picked her up, but who and where? You even call all the veterinarians in town, asking if someone might have called them about a dog like yours. There is one more thing that you could have done, but didn’t do: If only you had listened to your veterinarian’s advice and had her microchipped. The chip is slightly larger than an grain of rice, and carries a unique number that can be traced through a registry to locate you.
Veterinarians routinely microchip pets. Often there are microchipping services available at discounted prices at pet specialty events, fairs, and expositions. Pet rescues such as Southern California Pomeranian Rescue and shelter pets are almost always microchipped upon adoption. There is now a FREE registration database that will not cost pet owners an annual fee at microchipregistry.foundanimals.org. In three easy steps your pet’s microchip number will be registered. You will need to update your information, however, if you move or change your telephone number. Microchips result in a high rate of shelter animals being returned to their owners; if the owner can’t be located it is usually because of disconnected telephone numbers in the registration data base. Always include a second contact like a family member or even the rescue that you adopted your pet from as a back-up.
You will sleep a little better at night knowing that you have increased your pet’s chances of survival and reunion by taking the step to 1) have her microchipped and 2) register the chip for free at microchipregistry.foundanimals.org.