Top 5 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet, How It Works, and the Importance of Proper Pet Identification

Top 5 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet:
• It’s the only true – permanent method of pet identification
• Lasts for the lifetime of your pet
• Pets experience a quick and painless procedure, just like a vaccination
• You have the best chance of your pet returning to you should they go missing
• Microchipping is recommended by the AVMA, AAHA, ASPCA, SAWA, the Humane Society, and others.

What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny transponder about the size of a grain of rice that uses radio frequency waves to transmit a unique ID number associated with your pet. They’re implanted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip itself does not have a battery or any other form of power supply. It is “passive.” The “passive” microchip is activated only when it comes in contact with an “active” handheld scanner used by a trained, animal professional. The handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays your pet’s unique ID number on the screen. The ID number is input into the data base registry to get your contact information. They contact you and you can be reunited with your lost pet.

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After a pet receives a microchip…
Typically – after a pet receives a microchip – the pet owner is instructed to go to a specific website and create a profile for their pet that is associated with their pet’s personal ID number assigned to its microchip. Some pet microchip companies create a profile for you and your pet via in person or over the phone – however, most pet microchipping companies require the owner to follow through with enter their pets information on their own time.

It’s VERY important for pet owners that have a microchipped pet to do as instructed from the beginning, and be responsible about keeping their pet’s information up to date. We can’t stress that enough.

JCHS has experienced several situations where a pet was microchipped but the information attached to their ID number was incorrect – providing an old phone number, the name of the current owner’s ex-wife that moved to France 5 years ago and is now MIA, the home address of what’s now become a parking lot, the list goes on and on…



Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure your pet is wearing an ID tag containing its owner’s current contact information – attached to an appropriately sized collar.

The “jingle jangle” of charms hanging from your pets collar can play a major role in getting them back into your arms – in the rare case that they stray away from home.

Practically all stray pets that make their way to the shelter have a collar on, but with no ID tag attached – which makes it extra difficult to track down the human that they belong to.

If you are a pet owner, you are your pet’s “voice“.
Help them avoid any unnecessary stress by providing them with proper identification.

Highly consider having your pet microchipped!

It’s very common for a pet to somehow lose their collar or ID tag…
A microchip can help in that situation!

JCHS offers pet microchips to public pets for just $17.00 during their weekly wellness events! LEARN MORE…

If you’d like information about pet microchipping at JCHS – please contact us, and we’d be more than happy to help you!

Jefferson County Humane Society
200 Airpark Drive
Wintersville, OH 43953