Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With a microchip, you can. A microchip is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It’s inserted just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or animal shelter will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to avoid ending up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed, pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared.

IMPORTANT –A microchip can only reunite you and your pet if the contact information with the microchip agency is current and accurate. When you have a microchip implanted at Noah’s Ark, that chip is registered with us. Noah’s Ark implants Avid microchips. If your pet gets lost, and the person or agency calls Avid for owner information, your chip will direct the caller to Noah’s Ark. That’s fine as long as all your information is current in our files. For a small fee, you can update your information with Avid, and have them contact you directly. We find several pets each year whose owners have not kept their contact information current. Microchips are permanent, but contact information sometimes isn’t. So be sure to keep your information up to date with us.