A microchip can mean the difference between a lost pet and a found one.
It's sad but true: 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime and getting lost is a pet's #1 cause of death. Without ID, 90% of pets don't return home.
Most owners don't understand how easy it is to lose a pet. Digging under fences, running through an electric fence, fleeing from fear during fireworks or a thunderstorm, or accidentally being let out of the house through an open door are common ways that pets can become lost. Fortunately, microchipping offers an easy way to permanently ID dogs and cats and give them a chance to be reunited with their family in the event they are lost. As a pet sitter, you have a wonderful opportunity to help educate your clients about the benefits of microchipping.
How microchips work:
- The microchip is inserted by a veterinary professional with a simple injection and is designed so that it will not move inside the pet. The microchip acts as a permanent ID that will never fall off the pet or get lost.
- The pet's unique ID code should then be registered in a pet recovery database along with the owners contact information. Registration is what makes it possible for a pet to be positively identified. Until a pet is registered, it is not fully protected.
- If a pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or clinic, the staff will scan the microchip to read its ID code. Unlike a global positioning device (GPS), the microchip does not project the pet's location, take batteries to run, or have any moving parts, so it will never need to be charged or replaced. The staff will then call the appropriate registry with the pet's ID code.
- As soon as the contact information is retrieved, the pet owner will be contacted and arrangements will be made for a joyful reunion. It is important to keep the contact information up-to-date, so that the owner can be contacted as soon as the pet is found.
The truth about microchips.
Many pet owners are reluctant to microchip their pet because of cost, fear of hurting their little friend, or other concerns that may be unfounded. Below are some truths about microchipping that many pet owners may not know.
Microchips are inexpensive.
Microchips are relatively inexpensive. The average cost to have a veterinarian implant a microchip is $45. This is a one-time fee that often includes registration in a pet recovery database. If a pet is adopted from a shelter, it may already have been microchipped. Pet owners need to consult the adoption paperwork or have the pet scanned for a microchip at a veterinary clinic to reveal the unique microchip ID and register it.
Having a microchip implanted is a relatively painless process.
The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and implantation is about as painless as a vaccination.
Contact information is safe and secure.
The microchip only contains a unique code, which is logged into a pet recovery database. This information is only accessed when a lost pet is found and the owner needs to be contacted.
HomeAgain is a lost pet's best chance at a happy homecoming.
Microchips that are registered with HomeAgain are secured in the HomeAgain national pet recovery database for the life of the pet. But, HomeAgain goes even further to protect pets by providing exclusive member benefits designed to bring lost pets home.
- Access to a 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline staffed by licensed veterinarians
- The support of PetRescuers across the nation that have committed to being on the lookout for lost pets by receiving emails or notifications on their smartphone
- Dedicated, 24/7 Lost Pet Recovery Specialists that alert local PetRescuers when a pet gets lost
- A list of local clinics and shelters to contact if a pet is lost
- Access to personalized Lost Pet Posters
- Travel assistance for found pets
All of these member benefits help make HomeAgain one of the best pet recovery services available.
Help HomeAgain reunite lost pets by becoming a PetRescuer.
You can sign up as a PetRescuer and help find lost pets in your area. When you sign up, you'll receive email alerts and notifications on your smartphone when a pet in your area is reported missing. By committing to look out for lost pets and recruiting friends and family to join the cause, you can help us reunite even more pets with their families. With the help of PetRescuers across the nation and HomeAgain clinics and shelters, over 1,000,000 lost pets have been reunited with their families. Even Betty White is helping to spread the word about the importance of microchipping. You can watch her public service announcement at http://public.homeagain.com/bettywhite.