This rice size device is a microchip and its painlessly injected under the pet's skin, between the shoulder blades. The microchip uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to transfer data.
When the microchip is scanned, a unique nine, ten or fifteen digit code will appear in the scanner. That code is registered in a national database and can then be linked to a name, number and address.
Unlike a collar and tag that can come loose, a microchip is a permanent identification. It will help reunite you with your pet and provide proof of ownership in case your pet is stolen. The only way the microchip will work is if its registered. An unregistered microchip is useless and extremely hard to trace back to the owner.
Our friends at Found Animals' have designed a free microchip registry. Their sole purpose is to return pets to their people. Unlike other websites they do not charge for updates and transfers. If you've adopted from us, you know our pets are registered with Found Animals.
According to a study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be returned to their home while cats are 21.4 times, if they have a registered microchip.
If you want to microchip your pet, you can get this service done with your primary veterinarian or at any local veterinary clinic. However, keep in mind that all locations have their own prices and can range from $15.00 - $90 per pet.
The Los Angeles Animal Services Shelters also provide $15 microchips per pet, to the general public. All you have to do is call and make an appointment.