A recent study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters shows that dogs with microchips were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time and chipped cats were returned to their pet parents 38.5% of the time. This adds to peace of mind for pet parents in the event our pet gets away from the safety of their home!
A microchip is a small, electronic chip that is enclosed in a glass cylinder. It's about the same size as a grain of rice and it contains a unique identification number for your pet. It's injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle and no surgery or anesthesia is required during the procedure. It can be implanted during a routine visit to your veterinarian.
The microchip contains only the unique identification number and is not a GPS or data storage device. When a pet is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first steps these facilities take it to scan the pet for a chip. If they find one and if the microchip registry has accurate and up to date information, they can quickly find and reunite the pet with its owner.