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Microchipping

Why Microchip?

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified.

Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner, via our Lost Pet Recovery Service. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, microchipping is your best option.

Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

1. The only true permanent method of pet identification
2. Your best chance of your pet returning to you after going missing
3. Quick and painless procedure, similar to vaccination
4. Lasts for the lifetime of your pet

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get my pet microchipped?
At Animal Friends Humane Society! The cost is $20 and the microchipping can be done during our operating hours. No appointment is neccessary.

My dog always wears a collar and tags why do I need to microchip it?
Collars and tags can be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog. It lasts for the lifetime of the pet.

I have a cat – should I microchip it?
Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. In the event that your cat strays away from the safety of your home a microchip is your cat’s best chance of a fast return.

Does microchipping hurt the animal?
Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted by a vet just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.