A lost pet can't tell anyone where it lives . . .
Every two seconds a family pet is lost. Tragically, many never make it back home because they lack ID. The two best ways to keep your pet safe are having them microchipped and keeping their collars on with ID tags but you MUST keep them updated.
Below is a list of Microchip Registration Companies for looking up microchips and for updating them. Some are free and others charge a fee. If you need help, just ask.
Lost Pet Services Inc. offers free microchips at the Humane Society of Manatee County and at the Animal Rescue Coalition in Sarasota. Vouchers are available here.
Facts About Microchips
Microchipping saves millions of pets each year from euthanasia. Microchips can mean the difference between being reunited with a lost pet or not. As an added measure, when your pet has a collar with tags, it dramatically increases their chance of being returned home when lost. Simple, right?
Collars can come off. Baths happen. Microchips are the second line of defense. Microchips are like your pet's Social Security number. But, they must be registered.
If your lost pet is found, a simple scanning device can check your pet and you will be contacted by the chip company -- your pet will be HOME SAFE sooner.
Any vet, police department or Petsmart can scan for a chip. Remember, sometimes it does take multiple scans to find the chip. Animals should be scanned annually to be sure information is up to date and the microchip is working properly. Have your vet or Petsmart check your pet's chip to be sure it is up to date.
Microchips aren't GPS or tracking devices. Microchips do not store your personal information There are several locations listed here that offer microchipping. Most vets do microchipping as well as the organizations listed above.