Microchipping Matters: Here's Why


Is your pet microchipped? May is Microchip Your Pet Month and with our pets being quarantined too, just like us, they are feeling the need to get out and explore. Now would be a good time to microchip your pets. According to statistics, one in three pets will become lost at least once in their lives.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder. The first thing our shelter and many other shelters do when a stray animal is brought in is to scan the animal for a microchip, which transmits an identification number. That number is unique to your pet and will allow the shelter to look up your pet online and access your contact information to reunite you with your pet.


Will a microchip hurt my pet?

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and don't require any battery power or moving parts. It's injected under the loose skin of your pet's neck and is no more invasive to your pet than a vaccination would be. According to AKC Reunite, “Pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners.” That means if your pet is microchipped, you're more likely to be contacted because your pet has been found and your pet is less likely to be in harm's way out in the elements.


How do I get my pet microchipped?

PAWS is currently able to offer microchips by appointment for only $25. It is worth it in the long run, should your pet ever become lost! For more information, contact the PAWS Clinic Coordinator at pawscares@pawsadoption.org.