The American Humane Society estimates that 1 in 3 dogs or cats will be lost at some point in their lifetime and without identification, 90% aren't returned to their families.
Microchipping provides a safe and permanent identification system that will help get your lost pet back home. The microchip is the size and shape of a rice grain and it's placed under the skin using a needle in much the same way that a vaccination is quickly administered. Anesthesia is not necessary, although we most often do the procedure when a pet is already anesthetized for spay or neuter surgery. After you provide your contact information to the microchip company, they will be able to reach you when your pet is found. Most animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, and rescue organizations have microchip scanners to read the encoded number specific to the microchip in your pet. With that encoded number, the person who scans your lost pet will contact the microchip company who, in turn, will give you the greatly anticipated news that your pet has been found.
In answer to a frequently asked question, the microchip is not a GPS device and will not identify the location of your pet.